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#FARMBILLFRIDAY: Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11)

In this week’s #FarmBillFriday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) showcases the positive impact strong a strong farm bill has on farmers and ranchers, as well as consumers and their food budgets.

Rep. Conaway says [in part]:

“The question I get asked the most these days is “Why do we need a Farm Bill? Why are you going through that?” Well at its core, the Farm Bill delivers a safety net, a support system, to the farmers and ranchers across this country who deliver to the American consumer, those of us who eat every day – and I certainly try to get my share – the safest, most abundant and affordable food and fiber supply of any developed nation in the world.

If you look at the economic food chain of our country, the top twenty percent wage earners, or income earners, in this country spend more on food than the bottom twenty percent makes in disposable income.

We’ve got moms all over this country who are struggling to make ends meet. Their food budget is where they flex. The house payment doesn’t change. The car payment doesn’t change. If something comes up unexpected during the month, then that mom probably has to take it out of her food budget. Well I don’t want to make her job any more difficult than it already is, and so if we work this new Farm Bill – every change that gets proposed, every grand new idea that comes up – it’s got to go through a really tough crucible that says “What does it do to the cost of food?”

So at the end of the day, it’s about the American consumer – who as I mentioned earlier – enjoys the safest, most abundant and affordable food and fiber supply of any developed nation in the world. It’s because of the hard work, sweat equity, risk taking of all those producers across this country – dairymen and farmers and ranchers – and yes, their reliance on a safety net that steps in when times get hard.”