Whether you live in a rural area or downtown Fort Worth, our nation’s agriculture policy impacts many aspects of your daily life including food inspection and safety.
Throughout my time in Congress, I have heard from many farmers, ranchers, and consumers regarding the importance of having a stable agriculture policy.
The new Farm Bill, which was signed by President Obama in February 2014, sets the national policy for the U.S. agriculture industry and other areas under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the Farm Bill includes a wide range of agriculture programs, it ultimately deals with our national food security. A number of nutrition programs – such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as food stamps – are also enacted through the Farm Bill.
While the Farm Bill is not perfect, this bill made several meaningful reforms that will help grow our economy and improve nation’s agriculture policy and received bipartisan support in Congress.