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Producers, industry, government leaders gather at WTX Rural Summit

Panel discussions and open question and answer segments provide policy information to attendees.

Texas farmers and ranchers, along with agriculture industry professionals and commodity leaders recently joined state and national leaders to discuss legislative policy at the WTX Rural Summit in Lubbock, Texas.

About 270 guests filled the Museum of Texas Tech University, June 10, for the event. Hon. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) along with several Texas congressmen and other industry leaders participated in panel discussions throughout the day. Pennsylvania Congressman Glen Thompson, the ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture, also addressed the crowd. 

"When it comes to agriculture, we know that every farm operation needs a strong farm team and that's my philosophy when it comes to the work we do together," Thompson said to the crowd. "My righteous cause is rural America and it's agriculture. It's restoring a robust rural economy, making it where we can repopulate rural America and discontinue our number one export in rural America, our young people, and create opportunity here. Without a robust rural economy, people in the cities are going to wake up to cold, dark and hungry because that's what we provide – food, fiber, building materials, energy resources."

The summit's panel discussions focused on legislative policy that impacts rural Texas, including, tax and trade, transportation and critical infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare, and energy policies. Following each panel discussion, the floor was opened up for a question-and-answer segment. 

Take a look at this photo gallery to see some of the people who attended the event. To learn more about policy issues concerning commodity leaders, see Death tax concerns producers, commodity leaders.

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