Henry Cuellar

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Texas Agriculture

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal funding for agriculture programs, and a former member of the House Agriculture Committee, I have taken a proactive stance on agricultural issues of critical importance to the rural community in the 28th District of Texas.

I know the concerns that ranchers and farmers have about their livestock and crop maintenance, which is why I was active in crafting the 2008 Farm Bill, and am currently hard at work on the 2013 Farm Bill. I included language in the 2008 Farm Bill to boost cattle fever tick eradication, expand broadband telemedicine and distance learning programs, develop an alternative energy program at TAMIU, and enhance the colonias access to federal programs.   

Recent Agriculture Efforts

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture during his entire tenure in Congress, Congressman Cuellar has pushed for smart reforms that protect American producers from excessive regulations, while ensuring all Americans have a safe and abundant food source.

- The 28th District of Texas is Top 100 (Congressional Districts) in cotton, vegetables, fruit, and cattle.

Congressman Cuellar understands the important role agriculture plays in providing all Americans with the safest, most abundant food source in the world.  The Congressman has opposed efforts in Congress to defund and eliminate programs that provide a basic safety net to family farms.  Less than one-half of one percent of the federal budget currently goes to support producers, and speaking locally, over seventy percent of farms in Texas do not even receive support.  However, we must all face the realities of our budget constraints, and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will likely reduce these numbers further. Now that we have turned the corner, we should take this opportunity to improve our system of imports and exports, and improve the pipelines that support growth of agriculture

Congress is currently in the process of drafting a long overdue 2013 Farm Bill.  Follow recent developments here: http://democrats.agriculture.house.gov/

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