Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., will be the featured speaker at the Delta Council’s mid-year board of directors meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Capps Entrepreneurial Center in Stoneville.

“We are pleased that Congressman Moran will be able to join us for the meeting and give our board members and guests his insights on issues surrounding the 109th Congress and what they could mean to agriculture,” said Tom Gary Jr. of Greenwood, Miss.

“Congressman Moran is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and his voice will be one of the most important among many as we begin debate on the reauthorization of farm legislation,” said Gary, Delta Council president.

In addition to serving on the House Agriculture Committee, Moran is also an active member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where he was the previous chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. He also helps lead a number of congressional caucuses and coalitions, including the Rural Health Care Coalition, the Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine and the National Guard Reserve Components Caucus.

Before his election to Congress, Moran served eight years in the Kansas senate in Topeka, the last two as majority leader.

Moran attended Fort Hays State University and later the University of Kansas, where he completed degrees in economics and law. After an early career as a small town banker, Moran established a law practice in Hays and returned to FHSU as an adjunct professor of political science.

“Subcommittee Chairman Moran will be a pivotal player in the drafting of the next farm bill and he has demonstrated a keen sensitivity to a national agricultural policy which embraces all major crops and all production regions of this nation,” said Gary.

Wade, Inc., of Greenwood, Miss., is the sponsor of the Delta Council mid-year board of directors meeting. Wade Incorporated was founded in 1909 with offices in Greenwood.