Advocates celebrate 40th anniversary of American Agriculture Mov

Advocates celebrate 40th anniversary of American Agriculture Movement

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Advocates for the Ag industry are celebrating a milestone achievement for the our area.

They are commemorating the American Agriculture Movement. 

Back in 1977, farmers tried to organize a strike, where they would no longer buy or sell anything. It was intended to force the government to set higher commodity prices, so producers would earn enough to cover their costs. Instead of striking, the farmers all got on their tractors and rode from the Midwest to D.C. in 1977. 

President Carter promised to end foreclosures, but after the rally, they started back up again. So, the farmers went back in 1979 and blocked traffic at the Capitol Mall.

"Our heritage exhibit here at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture is an educational tool, but we're very proud of AAM's history and we just want to make it available for the next future generations to be a part of what we accomplished," David Senter, president of the American Agriculture Movement, said.

The AAM will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the MCM Elegante at 10 a.m. Saturday. It is still active today, lobbying for producer cost parit, and fewer imports of foreign products that could be grown in the U.S.

 

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