Senator Moran Addresses 81st Annual Delta Council Meeting

May 23, 2016
Senator Moran (left) and
outgoing Delta Council President Al Rankins
(photo courtesy of Forrest Laws)
CLEVELAND, MS – Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) delivered the keynote address at the 81st Annual Delta Council meeting here on Friday.  Moran is chair of the Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee and appeared in Mississippi just after his Subcommittee passed their 2016 appropriations bill.  

Moran highlighted the work of the Subcommittee to support farmers and issues important to them, including Cuba.  The appropriations bill included $1.5 million to allow USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to place staff in Havana, a provision strongly encouraged by USA Rice.  

Moran spoke about the importance of the work that USA Rice has done educating Members of Congress on the opportunities in Cuba, and pledged to continue working to encourage more trade.  Moran also addressed the challenge of getting anything accomplished in Washington these days and the need for rural America to speak with a louder voice about the benefits American farmers bring to this country.

Members of Delta 1000 also heard from Nathan Gonzales, editor of The Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report on the state of the Presidential and Congressional elections.  He predicted that Senate Republicans may lose their majority in November but that the House will remain Republican, albeit with a smaller majority.  He flatly refused to make a prediction on the Presidential race saying that all assumptions have been thrown out the window this time around.

The attendance at Delta Council events is always impressive and this year was no exception, especially at the traditional catfish luncheon following the program. 

“Knowing the Delta Council is out there, looking after the interests of growers and researchers in the region, serving as a resource for me and my organization is absolutely invaluable,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward who attended the annual meeting.  “We work closely with Chip Morgan and the Council leadership on a wide range of issues including telling the positive story of the tremendous contribution the Mississippi rice industry makes to conservation and their great record of sustainable agriculture.  The whole rice industry, whether they realize it or not, is indebted to the Council for its diligence.”