These are hard times for agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that farm and ranch income is down due to natural disasters and historically low prices and other factors.
Agriculture policy plays a crucial role in the lives of all Americans. Texas farmers must have the resources they need to prepare for future needs, and to compete in the global economy. Our farm laws provide farmers and ranchers with new opportunities to protect themselves against income losses due to low market prices or natural disasters.
In 2002, Congress reauthorized the Farm Bill providing much needed reform to conservation, energy, rural development, nutrition, and commodity programs. As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Bill in 2007, we must ensure that a level playing field is continued for the agriculture industry that will provide economic certainty along with a renewed investment in rural America.
The new farm bill is an excellent opportunity to revisit many programs included in the 2002 Farm bill.
The House Agriculture Committee is conducting field hearings around the country to obtain feedback from agricultural producers regarding current farm policies. If you would like to share your comments regarding the Farm Bill, visit http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/feedbackform.html. For more information on our farm laws, please visit the House Agriculture Committee`s website.