How the Senate Farm Bill Promotes Texas Agriculture

In: All News   Posted 06/12/2018

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 will be marked up by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, June 13th.  Read the current bill text here.

  • Protects seed cotton eligibility for the Farm Bill safety net, building on a provision Sen. Cornyn included in the Bipartisan Budget Act earlier this year.
  • Retains and strengthens the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program to help provide Texas producers with stability through unpredictable weather and natural disasters.
  • Strengthens crop insurance programs and other risk management tools for Texas farmers and ranchers.
  • Promotes animal health and reauthorizes disease research programs, which Sen. Cornyn advocated for in a letter to Committee leadership earlier this year, and which will help address the spread of cattle fever tick.
  • Enhances the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to provide technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them conserve soil and water.
  • Encourages USDA research partnerships, including those at Texas A&M University System and Texas Tech University System, to promote more productive and profitable farming.
  • Maintains the Foreign Market Development and Market Access Programs, which help Texas farmers and ranchers place and sell their products in foreign markets.