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10/5/05

USDA Secretary Visits Lubbock

In anticipation of the 2007 Farm Bill, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns is making a stop here in Lubbock. He's asking West Texas producers for their input.

It's been six years since the secretary has visited Lubbock. This visit is part of a tour he is doing through out the country. This is the only stop he's making in Texas. That's because our area is known as one of the leading agricultural regions in the nation. For instance, 3.7 million acres of cotton are planted right here on the South Plains.

This session will allow all ag producers to voice their opinions on farm policy. Congressman Randy Neugebauer tells us each producer will have about three minutes to comment. "I would like to see a good turn out I think this is a real opportunity for the district to get the sec of ag here. I'd like to see a broad group of producers come from all the ag groups, cattle, the dairy, rural crops, wheat all of those folks to come together and give good input," says Neugebauer.

The meeting is Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 at The Texas Tech Museum Auditorium. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. We spoke with a few local cotton farmers about what comments they would bring to the meeting. One farmer said his main concern was how foreign trade affects him as a farmer. He plans to bring that up to the secretary.

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