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2018 Texas Ag Forum discusses upcoming farm bill, other ag issues

Commodity association officers and agricultural agency directors attend the 2018 Texas Ag Forum to hear the latest on the rural economy, the upcoming farm bill and the outlook for the 2018 season.

Shelley E. Huguley

February 13, 2018

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The 2018 Texas Ag Forum, "Anticipating the 2018 Farm Bill," was held in Austin, Texas, January 29. Many commodity association officers and agricultural agency directors attended the annual event to hear the latest on the rural economy, the upcoming farm bill and the outlook for the 2018 season.

The Texas Ag Forum is an association of agricultural leaders and representatives from across the Texas food and fiber system.  Founded over 30 years ago, it provides a forum for open and public discussion of the problems and emerging issues in agriculture. 

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The morning was opened with a special presentation by the Texas Ag Forum Steering Committee recognizing Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University for 35 years of service to Texas agriculture and support of the Texas Ag Forum. 

See New farm bill discussions highlight Ag Forum meeting in Austin,

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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