TFU Opposes Current House Farm Bill (H.R.2)

Special to the Reporter
Staff Writer

Weak commodity prices, large surpluses, and an increasingly consolidated marketplace prevent farmers from receiving fair market prices for their production stated Texas Farmers Union (T.F.U.) President Wes Sims. In 2018, net farm income is projected to be less than half of what it was in 2013. As a result, family farmers are forced to rely on price supports to sustain their operations. Unfortunately, the farm safety net does not reflect the current state of the farm economy.
Disputes with international trading partners are creating additional challenges for farm profitability that require a long-term solution. The Farm Bill should include additional funding to offset the potential damages to American family farmers and ranchers.
The House Farm Bill as currently written, lacks the improvements needed to help farmers cope with continued low prices. The bill fails to provide farmers with the tools they need to be the best possible stewards of our natural resources, and it reverses progress toward expanding access to local, regional, and specialty markets. Furthermore, it makes unnecessary cuts to programs that feed hungry Americans.
T.F.U pursues six major goals to improve agricultural legislation for family farmers: profitability, accountability, directed benefits, simplicity, conservation, and diversity. The House Farm Bill does not meet these goals.
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