League of Women Voters Holding Public Agriculture Program

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 04/08 2014 02:57PM

Updated 04/08 2014 05:14PM

AMARILLO -- The League of Women Voters is holding Agriculture Issues and Policies program tonight at the Amarillo Central (Downtown) Library, 413 SE 4th, at 6 p.m.

James Hunt, agribusiness director for KGNC Radio, is moderating a panel of speakers who are involved in different aspects of the agriculture industry in the Panhandle.  They will address issues and policies that are part of a study undertaken by the national League of Women Voters.  The study focuses on technology issues including genetically modified organisms, pesticides, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock and accurate food labeling, and finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

Panelists will include Dede Jones, risk management economist with the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center; Jackie Farrell, family and consumer science agent with the Randall County Extension office, and Dave Venhaus, Amarillo rancher and member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. 

"Agriculture is a major component of our Amarillo and Panhandle economy, and its well being and viability affect all of us," said Janette Kelley, League program vice-president.  "We encourage everyone interested to come, learn from our speakers and ask any questions they may have."

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