America is home to the world's most affordable, abundant, and safe food supply. Hardworking farmers across America and the First District of Arkansas are the source of the food and fiber that feed the millions of mouths here and around the world. By the year 2050, the world's population is projected to grow to 9 billion and I am confident America will lead the way in agricultural production.
As a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I am responsible for writing policies that support our farmers and advance the interests of American agriculture. Unfortunately, the current Administration has put a squeeze on our farmers with excessive regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I have worked with my colleagues on oversight and will continue to do everything within my power to scale back the EPA's overreach. I have been particularly vocal on the House floor and in Committee about the EPA's proposal to regulate farm dust.
Additionally, I will continue to actively support the farm safety-net our farmers rely upon. I understand that agriculture is a cyclical industry and the American farmer can often face unforeseeable hardships such as crop failure, climate fluctuation, natural disaster and significant market downturns. It is critical that farmers have support mechanisms so they can mitigate risk and ensure income despite possible setbacks. I am committed to making this my primary focus when I, along with my colleagues on the Agriculture Committee, write the next Farm Bill.