KGNS 8: Cuellar protects farmers and ranchers from losses from fever tick outbreak
Cuellar protects farmers and ranchers from losses from fever tick outbreak
Updated: Tue 12:04 PM, Oct 28, 2014
By: Matt McGovern
WASHINGTON, DC (Office of Henry Cuellar) - Congressman Henry Cuellar announced he was successful in including language that will protect South Texas farmers and ranchers from economic losses due to a fever tick outbreak.
“During my time in the United States Congress, I have been an advocate for the interests of farmers and ranchers living in the 28th District of Texas,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Constituents living in my district have raised their concern about the deadly fever tick disease particular to South Texas that affects cattle. That is why I fought to include language in the 2013 Farm Bill to protect South Texas ranchers from the threat of a fever tick outbreak and insure that ranchers have the opportunity to receive some compensation for losses.”
Congressman Cuellar’s language protects farmers and ranchers from the potential economic damage of a fever tick outbreak. Through an expansion of the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), ranchers will now have the ability to receive some compensation for the losses incurred due to this vicious pest. According to an economic impact report prepared in 2010 by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, a small outbreak could cost the economy $123 million, with subsequent annual costs of about $97 million per year.