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Texas Farm Bureau hosts 79th annual convention

POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 1:48pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 3:17pm

If you were in Waco the past three days, you probably noticed the large influx of visitors, all convening for the 79th Annual Texas Farm Bureau Meeting. This is the largest gathering of the state's largest farm orgnization, bringing in more than 300-thousand dollars to the local economy.

The convention addressed some of the key problems in agriculture, as well as proposed solutions.

"Of course, every business has its challenges, but we are encouraged by the future of agriculture," said Texas Farm Bureau Associate Director Amanda Hill.

Although Texas is still recovering from last year's drought, The Texas Farm Bureau says the agriculture industry is "still working from a position of strength". However, with the demand for food estimated to double by 2050, with the growing population, farmers say production needs to become more capable.

"Yields have got to increase. Efficiency has to increase. And, that means producing more commodities on the same amount of arable land that we have," said newly elected State Director, District 8 of the Texas Farm Bureau, Neil Walter.

Biotechnology, farmers anticipate, will assist in yielding more crop.

"Design our plants to grow better with less water, less fertilizer, less inputs," said Walter.

With everyone working together, there will be enough agriculture to pass to future generations.

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