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The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce hosted the 16th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit on August 8, 2019, with U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway, Texas State Senator Charles Perry and Texas State Representative Drew Darby, co-hosting . The theme was  International Trade: Agriculture, Energy & Transportation. This event drew approximately 400 agriculture, energy and transportation experts, lawmakers, regulators and media.

Ambassador Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of U.S. Trade Representative, gave a keynote speech on The Agricultural Trade Policy Agenda of the Trump Administration.

There were five panels and the panelists included:

Agricultural Opportunites: Regionally and Globally – Panelists were Senator Bob Hall, Chairman, Agriculture Committee; Representative Trent Ashby, Lufkin, District 57; Gary Adams, President/CEO, National Cotton Council of America; Austin Brown III, U.S. Meat Export Federation/Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; Benny Cox, President, American Sheep Industry Association; Scott Frazier, VP, Texas Farm Bureau; Wesley Spurlock, President, Texas Corn Producers Association.

Energy: From Powering America to Powering the World – Senator Pat Fallon, Vice Chairman, Prosper, District 30/Administration Committee; Representative Tom Craddick, Midland, District 83/ Chairman, Land and Resource Management Committee; Chairman Wayne Christian, Railroad Commission of Texas; Matt Gallagher, President and CEO, Parsley Energy

Point A to Point B: Transportation is the Key to Trade Success – Senator Charles Perry, Lubbock, District 28/Chairman, Water and Rural Affairs Committee; Representative Brooks Landgraf, Odessa, District 81/Vice Chairman, Transportation Committee; Corey Johnson, VP, Enterprise Products Partners L.P.; Stan Meador, VP of Sales & Marketing, Texas Pacifico; John Osborne, Chairman, Ports-to-Plains Alliance

USMCA: Moderninzing North American Trade for a 21st Century World – Congressman Jodey Arrington, Lubbock, District 19, Member, Ways and Means Committee; Congressman Kevin Brady, The Woodlands, District 8, Ranking Member, Ways and Means Committee; Congressma Mike Conaway, Midland, District 11, Ranking Member, Agriculture Committee

Borders, Ports and the Power of the Economy: Unleashing the Trade Potential of the United States – Sergio Contreras, Vice Chair, Border Trade Alliance; Omar Garcia, Chief Exterman Affairs Officer, Port of Corpus Christi; Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, Mayor, City of Pharr; Commissioner Alvin New, Texas Department of Transportation

The summit kicked off with a reception and dinner the evening of August 7 at The Stables at Ft. Concho.

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