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Check presentation of $2,500 to Pleasanton Young Farmers. From left, Brett Slomchinski, Bill Slomchinski, Darryl Ashley (PYF), Sharon Shearrer (PYF), Randy Shearrer (PYF), and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Check presentation of $2,500 to Pleasanton Young Farmers. From left, Brett Slomchinski, Bill Slomchinski, Darryl Ashley (PYF), Sharon Shearrer (PYF), Randy Shearrer (PYF), and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Recently, Farm Credit held a contest called One Mission Many Voices, giving each Farm Credit unit an incentive to submit one two-and-a-half-minute video featuring someone who tells the story of this campaign. The national contest winner was from our local Farm Credit unit in Pleasanton who presented a video featuring Bill and Brett Slomchinski of Slomchinski Farms.

When asked about what made the chapter choose the Slomchinski family, Sarah Franklin said, “After receiving information about the video, they were the first ones that came to mind.” She continued, “They are truly the salt of the earth, genuine, and very personable people.” Franklin put in their name, and received the go ahead to start the filming very quickly. There was a film crew sent to Pleasanton, where they worked with the Slomchinski family for two days highlighting the importance of generational farming, progression in agricultural technology, and the significance of the work of Farm Credit.

The video was voted on by a panel of judges placing Slomchinski Farms in the top three finalists. The finalists were then voted on by the community and the public to announce the winner. The news of the video contest spread rapidly throughout the community, Franklin said that there were locals coming into the office to vote for the video. Franklin stated, “Everyone was just so proud of them. The Slomchinskis are good people, hardworking, and a good representation of rural community Texas.”

Check presentation to Atascosa County Junior Livestock Show. From left, Dough Black (ACJLS), Brett Slomchinski, Bill Slomchinski, and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Check presentation to Atascosa County Junior Livestock Show. From left, Dough Black (ACJLS), Brett Slomchinski, Bill Slomchinski, and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Slomchinskis won the contest, awarding them $10,000 to be given to up to three organizations of their choosing. They gave $5,000 to Sam Houston State University, where both Bill and Brett are alumni. They also awarded $2,500 to the Atascosa County Livestock Show and the Pleasanton Young Farmers.

With their win, the Slomchinskis were also given the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., where they met with the Texas senators, two Texas representatives, and the Secretary of Agriculture. Overall, the messages and conversations were promoting agriculture. Franklin stated, they really just tried to get across “Don’t forget about farmers, this is our lifestyle.” She elaborated to say that many of the trade negotiations at the national level can affect producers greatly, which will also ultimately affect consumers. The Secretary of Agriculture reassured the group that the President had agriculture at the forefront.

Check presentation of $5,000 to Sam Houston State University. From left, Bill Slomchinski, Dr. Stanley Kelley, Brett Slomchinski, and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Check presentation of $5,000 to Sam Houston State University. From left, Bill Slomchinski, Dr. Stanley Kelley, Brett Slomchinski, and Sarah Franklin. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The community should be unbelievably proud of our local Farm Credit chapter and the Slomchinski family for advocating for Atascosa County and for the lifestyle of many local community members. As “Birthplace of the Cowboy”, Pleasanton roots are tied to men and women who campaign for the progression and success of the Agriculture Industry.

Bill Slomchinski, Gail Slomchinski, Lindsey Slomchinski, Brett Slomchinski and Sarah Franklin in the Library of Congress during the Farm Credit Fly-In Marketplace. The Marketplace was an event during the Fly-In in which each congressman and their staff were invited to the Library to visit with producers from across the country; several hundred people attended this event. The Slomchinskis shared some bags of Texas Peanuts with the attendees. It was a great opportunity for agricultural advocacy. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bill Slomchinski, Gail Slomchinski, Lindsey Slomchinski, Brett Slomchinski and Sarah Franklin in the Library of Congress during the Farm Credit Fly-In Marketplace. The Marketplace was an event during the Fly-In in which each congressman and their staff were invited to the Library to visit with producers from across the country; several hundred people attended this event. The Slomchinskis shared some bags of Texas Peanuts with the attendees. It was a great opportunity for agricultural advocacy. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bill and Brett Slomchinski in front of the tree Bill fondly told a story, about how the tree has grown since he was a little boy and how he was proud to “watch the tree grow” as part of his legacy in their family farm being passed from generation to generation. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bill and Brett Slomchinski in front of the tree Bill fondly told a story, about how the tree has grown since he was a little boy and how he was proud to “watch the tree grow” as part of his legacy in their family farm being passed from generation to generation. COURTESY PHOTO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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