WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 1, 2017 – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway helped kick off Ducks Unlimited’s 2017 National Convention by welcoming the crowd to his home state of Texas. More than 1,000 Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteers, partners and supporters are in San Antonio for DU’s annual meeting.
In his remarks, Chairman Conaway stressed the importance of passing a new Farm Bill to provide a strong safety net and conservation title for our nation’s farmers and ranchers.
As Chairman, Conaway will help oversee writing a new Farm Bill in 2018. The Farm Bill represents the single largest federal investment in private lands conservation totaling more than $25 billion over five years. Ducks Unlimited has a long history of working with Congress, ranchers, farmers and other private landowners across the country to promote Farm Bill programs that enhance and restore millions of acres of critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.
"You (DU) have a great story to tell whether it’s on the conservation or the production agriculture side, or both. You have to tell it over and over and over again," Chairman Conaway said to the crowd.
This year’s National Convention celebrates Duck Unlimited’s 80-year conservation legacy. The five-day event, from May 31 to June 4, provides conservation education tours, live entertainment, award presentations and the 80th Annual DU Convention Reception and Gala.
"We thank Chairman Conaway for welcoming DU’s National Convention to Texas," said Kellis Moss, DU’s director of public policy. "We look forward to working with the Chairman and the entire Agriculture Committee to help ensure a strong conservation title in the next Farm Bill."
A native of Odessa, Conaway is in his seventh term in Congress, representing Texas’s 11th congressional district, and is serving his second term as Chairman of the House Agriculture committee. Conaway’s district encompasses 29 counties including the major cities of Odessa, Midland and San Angelo. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Midland, Texas, and have four children and seven grandchildren.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.