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South Texas Symposium set for early October

Headlining this year’s South Texas Symposium are planned updates of the farm bill and legislative updates on corn, sorghum and cotton.

Participants in the 4th Annual South Texas Commodity Symposium will be briefed on the latest farm bill updates Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Richard Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.

This marks the second year the symposium has been held during the Texas AgXchange Farm & Ranch Show. The one-day symposium will run concurrently with the first day of the two-day farm show.

“There is a lot interest in this symposium already," reports Morgan Webb of Texas Grain Sorghum Producers. "Supporting this symposium are four organizations—Texas Corn Producers, Texas Grain Sorghum Association, South Texas Cotton & Grain Association and Southwest Council of Agribusiness."

Headlining this years symposium are planned updates of the farm bill and legislative updates on corn, sorghum and cotton.

"The farm bill and legislation related to commodities and how that legislation will affect producers will be an important part of this year’s symposium. Kicking off the event, George Knapek, program director for representative farms of the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center, will provide the very latest, up-to-the-minute report on farm bill progress," Webb said.

Following that, legislative updates on commodities will be presented, beginning with Scott Averhoff, chairman for the Texas Corn Producers Board. Providing the latest updates on grain sorghum will be Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers executive director, while Gary Adams, National Cotton Council vice president of economics and policy analysis will talk about cotton and the overall result of possible legislation at the producer level.

"Every grower, every producer is concerned about farm legislation and how it will affect their operation and it's not easy to follow many of these developments in the regular news outlets everyday. Producers want to know more about what is happening and what is planned and how it will change the way they do things, so this will be main focus of the symposium this year," Webb added.

The program will conclude with a question and answer panel of all the speaker. The emcee for the symposium will be John Whatley, Chairman of South Texas Cotton and Grain Association.

This year’s symposium is moving into the conference center at the RMB Fairgrounds, a location more conducive to the size of symposium, Webb explained. "Last year we had about 75 participants in a room that was a little too large, While we think we may see a few more participants this year, we wanted to be located in a room that would better fit the crowd size so everyone can hear well and a room that would better suit the presenters," she said.


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The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts, and the speakers will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The symposium will end at 11:30 a.m. with attendees to the symposium receiving free lunch tickets to the AgXchange BBQ Cook-off being held at the show.

Sponsors for this year's South Texas Symposium include Capital Farm Credit, First Victoria Bank and Texas Ag Finance. For more information about the symposium, contact Morgan Webb, Texas Grain Sorghum Producers. For more information about the 2013 Texas AgXchange Farm & Ranch Show, visit


Also of interest on Southwest Farm Press:

Farm bill conference likely in early October

Extremes make farm bill tough sell in House

Broad support needed for new farm bill

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