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Wes Sims was re-elected to a tenth consecutive two year term as President of the Texas Farmers Union (TFU) during the organization's 112th annual convention in Corpus Christi. Sims, a family farmer and cattle producer from Sweetwater, was first elected in 1996 to lead the Texas family farm and ranch group.
The TFU delegates also re-elected Mike Oldham, a farmer and cattle producer from Smithville to his 6th term as Vice President. Also elected as District Directors were Pam Oldham, a cotton and cattle producer from Shamrock; Christi Barnett, a wheat and hay producer from Merkel; and Terry Priesmeyer, a rice and cattle producer from El Campo.
President Sims reported the convention passed several Texas Farmers Union 2014 Policy Statements including support urging the State of Texas to push for better technologies in the desalinization of ocean water, recycling of wastewater, recycling and conservation of fracking water and the strict conservation of water for recreational purposes. Also, Texas Farmers Union strongly urges that any funding for these plans should not be taken from the State's Education Budget.
TFU strongly supports that in the event farmers, ranchers or landowners water is confiscated by the state, federal or any other entity, they will be duly compensated for that year, future loss of production, decrease in property values and any other financial hardship that arises from this action.
â€śTFU believes,â€ť Sims stated, â€śthat Sequestration was a threat to the Congress to force them to work for a defined reduction in expenditures, not believing it would ever be implemented. These cuts have weakened the ability of some agencies to perform their duties; therefore, TFU urges the immediate repeal of Sequestration.â€ť
Since the Texas Legislature did not adequately fund Texas public education, the Delegate Body of TFU's Convention requests the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Texas to adequately fund Texas Public Education. â€śSeveral other issues were addressed by the delegates,â€ť said Sims, â€śand they can be found at TexasFarmersUnion.org.â€ť
Established in 1902 at Point, Texas â€” the Texas Farmers Union is the states' oldest general farm organization that represents family farmers, ranchers and rural interests working to improve the quality of life for rural people through education, cooperation and legislation.