Hurd Supports TX-23 Farmers and Ranchers through Farm Bill

December 12, 2018
Press Release
‘The hard work of American farmers and ranchers is critical for our economy, our national security and our survival’

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly voted in support of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 Conference Report (commonly known as the Farm Bill), which provides our nation’s farmers and ranchers with certainty and stability to continue feeding America.

“Food security is national security and depends on strong agricultural policy that provides certainty and stability for the 3.75 million Texans employed by the agriculture sector,” said Hurd, who represents over 9,000 working farms and ranches across South and West Texas. “I am proud to support the Farm Bill and will continue to fight for the hardworking men and women who put clothes on our backs and food on our tables.”

“Texas Farm Bureau strongly supports the 2018 Farm Bill and appreciates Congressman Hurd for his support of hardworking farmers and ranchers,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening. “Congressman Hurd has listened to the constituents of the 23rd Congressional District about the issues facing agriculture. His support of the farm bill demonstrates that he cares about the farm and ranch families in Texas and the U.S.”

“It’s clear Congressman Hurd has listened to discussion of the issues facing farmers and ranchers in his district,” said former Texas Farm Bureau State Director Ronnie Muennink of Hondo. “I am one of several Medina County Farm Bureau leaders who have met with the Congressman about issues important to our grassroots members. Congressman Hurd has listened. We thank him for his attention to the issues affecting farmers and ranchers across the nation. Texas Farm Bureau members appreciate his support of the 2018 Farm Bill.”

Among other benefits, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 Conference Report supports South and West Texas farmers and ranchers by:

  • Cutting red tape and reforming burdensome regulations for farm production;
  • Providing a $45 million annual increase to food banks, of which nearly half annually is devoted to the creation and maintenance of Farm-to-Food Bank programs, commonly known as ag surplus programs;
  • Investing in quality rural broadband;
  • Establishing a scholarship program to assist the next generation of farmers and ranchers;
  • Promoting the conservation of America’s working lands;
  • Strengthening the farm safety net by reauthorizing Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss  Coverage options for the next five years;
  • Protecting crop insurance; and,
  • Maintaining the existing SNAP funding authorization.