|August 4, 2017
Conaway Chronicle: San Angelo Farm Bill Listening Session, West Texas Legislative Summit, Town Hall Recap
Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District.
San Angelo Farm Bill Listening Session
Agriculture is the lifeblood of Texas, and the stories we heard from farmers and ranchers at the Farm Bill Listening Session in San Angelo this week strike at the heart of why we have a farm bill. The farm bill underpins the entire rural economy – an economy that has been under tremendous strain over the past four years. Improving economic conditions in farm country is instrumental in ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the safest, most abundant and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world.
I am grateful to my 7 colleagues who traveled to San Angelo to hear from TX-11: Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Colin Peterson, Vice Chairman GT Thompson, and Reps. Jodey Arrington (TX), Rodney Davis (IL), Roger Marshall (KS), David Rouzer (NC), and Darren Soto (FL). I also want to extend my appreciation for the more than 500 Texas farmers and ranchers who came out to share their stories, and I am eager to take their input back to Washington as we continue crafting the next farm bill.
If you missed the listening session, you can watch the video here. If you have comments to submit for the record on the 2018 farm bill, you can send them to this email address: HouseAgListens@mail.house.gov.
West Texas Legislative Summit
On the heels of the Farm Bill listening session, the West Texas Legislative Summit's events on Tuesday allowed us to continue the conversation about what the farm bill means to West Texas. Three of my colleagues were able to stay and attend the summit, taking part in conversations about all things agriculture: the next farm bill, burdensome regulations, commodity prices, and much more.
A highlight of the summit was a discussion on community engagement with Congress, where we shared tips on how to best communicate your message to Congress and what we can do to help in return.
Town Hall Recap
Thanks to all who made the trip out to one of my town halls this week in Baird, Breckenridge, and Mineral Wells. We had important conversations about health care, tax reform, the farm bill and many other topics of interest. Town halls are an essential part of my efforts to stay in touch with constituents, and I appreciate everyone taking the time out of their day to participate and have your voice heard.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District