The twelfth annual Texas Commodity Symposium will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center and in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. The free event will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The symposium, which is hosted by the Corn Producers Association of Texas, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Peanut Producers Board, Texas Wheat Producers Association and Southwest Council of Agribusiness, will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, presented by the symposium and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.

“This year’s program offers relevant information on a variety of topics that will affect the agricultural industry and everyone in our state,” CPAT Executive Vice President David Gibson said. “We encourage both farmers and those in agribusiness to attend.”

David Wasserman, with The Cook Political Report, will present the symposium’s keynote address during the Ag Appreciation Luncheon. Wasserman is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House races for the publication, and will provide an overview of the 2012 elections and their potential implications.

“The Cook Political Report has always provided knowledgeable insight on elections,” PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. “Area producers and business persons will both be able to gain a lot of valuable information by attending the symposium.”

Additionally, the symposium will examine a variety of issues that impact producers and the agribusiness sector. Featured topics this year include the farm bill and agricultural policy, establishment of a state grain indemnity fund, water technology, and program updates from NRCS and FSA.

The Water Conservation Advisory Council also will recognize its 2012 Blue Legacy Award in Agriculture recipients at the event.

"This is a great opportunity to hear a diverse group of speakers addressing key issues affecting Texas agriculture," TWPB Executive Vice President Rodney Mosier said.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please call 800.647.CORN (2676) or email info@texascorn.org.