The 11th annual Texas Commodity Symposium is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Amarillo in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. The event is free and will get started at 9:30 a.m.
"We're excited to offer attendees an interesting program this year that addresses issues that will not only affect the agricultural industry, but also everyone in the West Texas region," says David Gibson, executive vice president of the Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT). "We encourage producers and those in agribusiness alike to attend the 2011 Texas Commodity Symposium."
This year's Symposium will examine a variety of very timely issues that impact both producers and the agribusiness sector. Featured topics will include water, the long-term weather outlook, agricultural policy, and program updates from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Dr. John-Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, will discuss the current drought situation and projections for 2012. Tom Sell, with Combest, Sell and Associates, will update attendees on current developments in farm policy. The morning program ends with a panel of experts discussing water.
"This is a great opportunity to hear a diverse group of speakers addressing the main issues affecting agriculture on the Texas High Plains," Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President Steve Verett assures.
The symposium, which is hosted by the Corn Producers Association of Texas, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Peanut Producers Board, and the Texas Wheat Producers Association, will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon. The luncheon will be presented by the Texas Commodity Symposium and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council. For more information on the Texas Commodity Symposium, please contact Stephanie Pruitt, CPAT communications director, at 1-800-647—CORN (2676) or you can contact her by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.