LUBBOCK, TEXAS – Today the Texas Grain Sorghum Association (TGSA) board of directors announced its unanimous decision to endorse U.S. Representative Charlie Stenholm for re-election to Congress. Due to re-districting, Stenholm is running in the 19th Congressional District.
“Texas has a long history of being blessed with strong leaders in senior positions on the House Agriculture Committee,” said Bill Kubecka, TGSA President from Palacious, TX. “A Texan has served as Chairman of the committee for 26 of the past 37 years. Texas sorghum producers and all of Texas agriculture have been well served by the likes of leaders such as William Poage, Kika de la Garza, Larry Combest and Charlie Stenholm. Now, Charlie is the only one left with seniority on the committee to protect the interests of Texas agriculture. He has always kept the best interest of producers in mind and has worked miracles in a non-partisan manner to ensure our viability. Without Charlie’s tireless efforts, sorghum producers would not be as viable as they are today. ”
“Charlie Stenholm was the leader with former Chairman Larry Combest in authoring the 2002 farm bill, which increased the loan rate on sorghum an average of 26 cents per bushel. To some producers in the state, this means $20 or $30 an acre. We would not be around without him, and we need his experience and seniority on the committee to protect us in the future” said Dale Artho, TGSA director and Deaf Smith County producer.
“We appreciate Charlie’s record on agriculture, and we believe that we need to retain Charlie as the only Texas Member of Congress holding a senior position on the House Agriculture Committee, where he can continue to use his experience for the good of Texas agriculture,” said Glenn Schur, TGSA director and Hale County producer.