The West Texas Young Farmers met on Monday, August 2 with several items on the agenda.
The group heard from Kaci Morris from Congressman Jodey Arrington’s office. She talked about the new regulations on the endangered Lesser Prairie Chicken and the hardship these regulations are causing to producers. There is only a small portion of Terry County affected by the Lesser Prairie Chicken guidelines, but, as Kaci said, some of the guidelines can be highly restrictive to producers.
The WTYFA commended Congressman Arrington for all his work for farmers in the area, and across the nation. Kirk Martin, President of WTYFA stated, “He has always done a great job for us. Please give him a pat on the back from all of us.”
The group also discussed the West Texas Rural Summit that was held recently. Several Congressman and Representatives from across the county were in the area to hear concerns from residents and producers in rural areas. Congressman August Pfluger, who replaced Mike Conaway from Midland, Congressman GT Thompson, who is the ranking Republican on the Ag Committee, and Congressman Michael Cloud of Texas all visited the area during this summit. Thompson, Cloud, Kody Bessent of PCG and others visited the Meadow Farmers Coop Gin and also visited area farmers and vineyards during this stop, back in June.
The group also discussed the letter written and signed by several National Congressman to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The letter was written in behalf of peanut farmers and urged caution in dealing with peanuts from other countries.
The Terry County Farm Tour was discussed. The WTYFA will be serving lunch for the Farm Tour to be held on September 16.
The WTYFA made tentative plans to host another “Boots on the Bricks” event in 2022. This event is a steak dinner, street dance type event that was a huge draw when it was last held.
With not further business, the meeting was adjourned.