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.”
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.
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.