Agriculture

Agriculture is vital to the Texas economy; one in seven jobs in our state is related to the agriculture industry. We must ensure that the United States continues to enjoy the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.

Texas is the leading farming and ranching state, and one in seven jobs in Texas are related to the agriculture industry. Farming and ranching are sewn into the fabric of Texas history and agriculture remains a driver of the Texas economy. Sen. Cornyn is committed to ensuring Texas agricultural and livestock producers have a voice in the Senate.

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  • Senator Cornyn is committed to ensuring Texas agricultural and livestock producers have a voice in the Senate.
  • Voted for legislation, now law, that provided rural Texas communities and Texas’ robust agriculture industry with $100 billion for farm and food safety net programs for FY22.
  • Supported the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) during the COVID-19 pandemic to aid agricultural producers who suffered a 5% or greater price decline or who had losses due to coronavirus-related market supply chain disruptions, and urged President Trump to eliminate payment limits for livestock, dairy, and specialty crop producers using the program.
  • Authored the Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act, now law, to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and agricultural industry at the border.
  • Actively pushed to modernize and improve the terms to benefit Texas producers and consumers during the negotiation of the updated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
  • Supported and advocated for equitable trade assistance from USDA for all producers negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs on Texas agricultural exports.
  • Pushed back on unnecessary EPA regulations that affect production and agriculture through the Clean Air and Water Act, including support of a joint resolution of disapproval to eliminate the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Continues to work on fiscally responsible ways to provide disaster assistance for those Texans facing unprecedented drought conditions. 
  • Continues to confront invasive species and animal diseases that pose existential threats to Texas farmers, ranchers, and producers such as Chronic Wasting Disease, Cattle Fever Tick, and feral hogs by supporting assistance and research for eradication and prevention.
  • Senator Cornyn authored language, now law, to authorize an animal disease and disaster response program and a foot and mouth disease vaccine bank to adequately address risks to animal health.
  • Senator Cornyn supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to help family farms of all sizes pay less taxes.
  • Supports permanent repeal of the Death Tax, which penalizes farming and ranching families, and helped to double the exemption for the Death Tax to $11 million in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
  • Championed making Seedcotton a part of the farm safety net.
  • Continued to push back on unnecessary EPA regulations that hurt our farmers and ranchers.
  • Serves as Republican Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, works to expand U.S. exports of food and fiber, and pushes to reduce barriers for Texas farmers, ranchers, and small businesses to sell their goods and services in new markets around the world by supporting multiple free trade agreements, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 
  • Voted to strengthen and protect the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs to help provide Texas agricultural producers with stability through unpredictable weather and natural disasters.
  • Supported the strengthening of crop insurance programs and other risk management tools for Texas farmers and ranchers.
  • Voted to make wildfire damage to fencing eligible for reimbursement under the Emergency Conservation Program.
  • Voted to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for beef and pork.

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