Producers Cooperative is the largest agricultural cooperative in the state of Texas, and Monday night they held their 68th annual membership meeting in Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Bob French tells us the attendees were welcomed to the gathering by Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples.
“We need to make certain as we move forward that we have policies than enable us to move forward, both at the state and federal level that you can continue to be the most productive in the world and that you can make certain that Americans continue to have the most affordable food supply in the world. Americans spend about 10% of our personal disposable income on food, compared to over 20% for our neighbors in Mexico and over 30% in China.”
Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples was quick to point out some Washington initiatives that are threatening agricultural producers.
“Issues like cap and trade, issues like the Environmental Protection Agency declaring carbon dioxide as a pollutant, and trying to regulate that under the Clean Air Act. Folks, I know of no better environmental stewards than those that depend on the land for their living. Before one ounce of water comes out of a faucet in Houston, or Dallas, or San Antonio, it probably falls on a farm or ranch somewhere in Texas.”
And finally, Staples pointed out how important agriculture is in our part of the state.
“If you took a compass, and took a 150 mile radius around Brazos County, you would find about six and a half billion dollars in agricultural cash receipts annually, representing about 30% of our state’s entire agriculture. You would find 61% of all farms and ranches, 59% of our beef cattle, 45% of our corn grown, and I love to go to schools and remind our kids that we have more cows in Texas than there are people in 46 out of 50 states.”
I’m Bob French, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.