WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. John Cornyn hosted a meeting with members of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness (SWCA) on Wednesday to discuss various issues important to the Texas farm and ranch community, including reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

"The Texas agriculture community creates one out of five jobs in Texas and plays an important role in our economy," Sen. Cornyn said. "I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with members of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness so I could listen to their needs and concerns first-hand. As we move forward on authorization of the Farm Bill, I'll continue working hard to ensure we do what's right for Texas farmers and ranchers."

The Southwest Council of Agribusiness is an alliance of nearly 50 farm and ranch organizations, implement dealers, bankers, farm credit associations and other main street businesses in and around Texas that was formed to advocate maintenance of a strong U.S. farm policy, which is critically important to rural communities.

In attendance for the meeting were various leaders of SWCA, including its president, Mark Williams, of Farwell, who is also a past president of the Plains Cotton Growers.

In addition, the following members of SWCA also participated in the meeting: Vice President Dee Vaughn, of Dumas; Secretary/Treasurer Steve Verett, of Lubbock. And the following board members: Bud Holmes, of Lubbock, Mitchell Harris of Lubbock, Matt Huie of Beeville, and Tag Webb of Kansas City, Mo.

Sen. Cornyn meets regularly with members of the Texas agricultural industry. He has addressed the Texas Farm Bureau's annual convention several times and has held roundtable discussions with agricultural leaders in the state.

Sen. Cornyn serves on the Armed Services, Judiciary and Budget Committees. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee's Airland subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.