Texas Farmers Union announces the 111th Convention January 25-26, 2013 at the MCM Eleganteâ€™ Hotel, 4250 Ridgemont, Abilene, Texas. The 2013 Convention will be dedicated in loving memory of Mel Cherry. Opening session of the convention will begin at 6 p.m. Friday the 25th preceded by committee meetings at 5:15 p.m. Friday eveningâ€™s session will include induction of a new Pioneer in Agriculture. The following reception will have plenty of food and feature entertainment by the 2012 â€śRural American Idolsâ€ť Clay Mobley, Kadie Robertson and Rusty Hines.
Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims reports, â€śWe will have good speakers and interesting programs during this convention. One of the speakers will be Claudia Svarstad, National Farmers Union Vice-President, who will speak at the banquet on Saturday night.â€ť
Dr. Harwood Schaffer from the University of Tennesseeâ€™s Agriculture Analysis Center, will be speaking as well as Steve Maikell, who will report on Texas Education. Other invited speakers will he addressing water and other rural issues.
Policy Drafting will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday with special emphasis on the new Farm Bill, water, education and health care, particularly the sources and adequacy of funding. "There will be special entertainment from one of our own at the Saturday banquet. Makenzie Patton, a descendent from one of our Pioneer Texas Farmers Union families will bring her group '33 North' to sing for us." Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims has also promised a pre-convention afternoon of special activities, with prizes.
The convention will culminate with a drawing for a quilt and a progressive auction. Proceeds will go to Farmers Union Charitable Fund.