Local leaders help sift through agricultural issues

Jourdanton – The concerns of Atascosa County farmers and ranchers were well represented this month as Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered in Waco to discuss Farm Bureau policy.

Pete Pawelek of Poteet was among those elected to serve on the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Resolutions Committee, which examines policy resolutions submitted by County Farm Bureaus (CFB) for consideration at TFB’s annual meeting in December.

“The Resolutions Committee plays a vital role in addressing the concerns of Farm Bureau members from our area,” Pete Pawelek, Atascosa CFB president said. “This year, eminent domain reform, transportation and food labels were at the forefront.”

Feral hog control was also among the more than 250 resolutions reviewed.

Other resolutions included preventing cultured or plant-based protein products from being called meat.

“Food labels are on the minds of both consumers and farmers,” President Pawelek said. “Relaxed labeling standards for meat and substitute products negatively impacts traditional farmers and ranchers and leads to confusion for the following year.

“Our county’s concerns were addressed by the committee, ensuring the voice of Texas agriculture is heard,” President Pawelek said.

The Board of Directors and FB members will represent Atascosa CFB at the annual meeting Dec. 1-3 in Corpus Christi.

National resolutions, if passed in Texas, will be considered by voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federations Annual Convention Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans.

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