Texas Agriculture Commissioner Candidate J Allen Carnes today officially launches a new video campaign called “We Are Texas Agriculture” aimed at connecting rural and urban Texans to agriculture – the state’s second largest economic engine.
“We must work together to preserve our agricultural land to maintain our state’s economic vitality and to keep Texas from becoming dependent on a third world country for our basic needs”
“I’m asking Texans to create a short video about how agriculture impacts their lives because we are all tied to Texas agriculture whether it’s as a farmer, rancher, chef, gardener or consumer,” says Carnes who is a farmer and small businessman running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
Carnes say he wants to bridge the gap between urban and rural Texas so all Texans recognize the role of agriculture in providing jobs, food, clothing and shelter. “There are nearly 27-million people living in Texas today and as our population increases so too does the demand for our agricultural resources,” says Carnes. “We must work together to preserve our agricultural land to maintain our state’s economic vitality and to keep Texas from becoming dependent on a third world country for our basic needs,” he adds.
The Carnes’ campaign has created a video explaining how the “We Are Texas Ag” video campaign works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRiZTorHgqo&feature=youtu.be.
Each video submitted to Carnes should include the spoken words “We Are Texas Agriculture” and can be uploaded on the J Allen Carnes for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/jallencarnesfortexasagcommissioner2014.
Carnes, a Republican, is mayor of Uvalde, Texas where he farms cotton, grain and vegetables. He has a finance degree from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.
Carnes has extensive agriculture-related policy experience having worked for years as a volunteer advocate for agriculture in Washington, DC and in Austin. He is the former president and director of the Texas Vegetable Association, past Texas Produce Association director, Texas representative for the National Council of Ag Employers, and a member of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association, Texas Farm Bureau, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers.
Carnes and his wife, Brooke, have three children. He’s working to make sure farming and ranching are viable career options for all Texas children interested in Texas agriculture to help keep Texas sustainable for generations.