Supporting Rural America

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As Congress continues to finish its work this year, I am encouraged that lawmakers in both chambers recently finalized and approved legislation that is vital to the success of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. Introduced under various titles over the years but known generally as the Farm Bill, this comprehensive piece of legislation is revisited every five years to ensure the best results are still being delivered to producers and consumers.  

While Oklahoma leads across several industries, agriculture is truly at the heart of our state’s commerce. Considering that there are more than 13,000 farms and ranches in the Fourth District of Oklahoma alone, there is no question that the Farm Bill matters to the economy and vitality of rural America.

During the summer, I was pleased that the House and Senate successfully passed versions of the 2018 Farm Bill and then initiated negotiations to reconcile the differences in a joint conference committee. Though I did not serve on the panel, I am proud that the resulting agreement continued to build on the 2014 Farm Bill that was guided by Oklahoma’s own Frank Lucas, who again played a key role in crafting the most recent legislation.  

 

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