If the drought and higher energy prices were not bad enough, farmers and ranchers in Texas are also worried about the future of U.S. agricultural policy.

President Bush's last two budget proposals recommended reduced spending for agricultural programs and the ongoing World Trade Organization discussions have the potential to substantially change U.S. farm policy.

“These events,” notes Texas A&M professor Joe Outlaw, “are creating an unprecedented atmosphere of uncertainty among producers.”

Outlaw and a group of Texas commodity group and farm organization heads have planned the 2006 Texas Ag Forum as an opportunity for Texas agriculture to come together, discuss these important issues and voice their opinions.

Scheduled for May 1, 2006, at the St. Anthony Hotel, in San Antonio, Texas, the Forum will feature congressman Henry Bonilla, chairman of the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee.

Additional speakers will include Washington D.C. policy insiders, commodity group representatives and Texas Cooperative Extension policy and trade specialists.

Advanced registration for the Texas Ag Forum is $65 and covers attendance and meals. For more information, call (512) 450-0555, or go to the Web site at http://agforum.tamu.edu