Making your food cheaper and safer... Thousands of farmers met today at the Amarillo Civic Center to discuss their future agriculture goals.
Farmers talked about everything from Obama's new agriculture plans to falling commodity prices, and most importantly, what all of that means for your food and your wallet. The big five farming industries were all there. "Wheat, cotton, corn, grain sorghum and peanuts." They all shared the same mission. "To take a good long hard look at how they're going to operate in 2009." Their first task... Tackling farming efficiency. Wheat and corn farmer Jack Norman says, "Hopefully we can produce a cheaper product, better food and fiber at a cheaper price that's safe and available.' Commodities costs are dropping by the day.
Texas Wheat Producers VP Rodney Mosier estimates that "Last year we had 13 dollar a bushel wheat prices. Now they're down in the four to five dollar range." But the prices you pay at the grocery store aren't getting any cheaper. Farmers say, contrary to popular belief, it's not their fault. Texas Corn Producers Board Director David Gibson wants to set the record straight. "We want the consumers who go in and just generally buy cornflakes or buy a loaf of bread to know that what has happened is something that is not the farmer's fault. It's coming with all of that processing."