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Agriculture Agenda: West Texans Fight for Farm Bill

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Agriculture Agenda: West Texans Fight for Farm Bill Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:02 +0000 Agriculture Agenda: West Texans Fight for Farm Bill Agriculture Agenda: West Texans Fight for Farm Bill KAMC op this is their home and they take a lot of pride in that, and this area depends on them. and area farmers, ranchers, and growers.. depending on congress to work out a new 'farm bill' that'll help protect them. tonight - we hear from some of the people in the middle of that process. bryan hi everybody, i'm bryan mudd. agriculture has always been king on the south plains.. and producers are making their pitch to our new representation in congress.. to make sure their farms stay at the top of our economic food chain. kamc's 'wes rapaport' joins us with more. [a06]wes lead wes bryan-- making sure farmers in west texas are taken care of-- is obviously important to lots of folks... it's one of the things retired congressman randy neugebauer emphasized for years-- and it's one of the platforms that congressman jodey arrington ran on... in talking with local ag producers for the last several months-- they say priority number one-- is the 20-18 farm bill... it doesn't take long to notice that agriculture is everywhere in west texas... it's more than the cotton farms-- or the sorghum plants... it's the shirts on our backs-- and the people who supplied the materials-- often from the south plains... one man who embodies that-- is dan jackson-- dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op our guys work very hard for what they do, what they get he's the general manager at meadow co-op gin... he says if growers aren't properly cared for-- the rest of the country will suffer... dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op agriculture is important, especially to this area, simply because we're what built it. we're going to need a voice, a very strong voice. that strong voice he's counting on-- is freshman congressman jodey arrington-- recently named to three house committees-- including ag... dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op as far as big shoes to fill, we've got to have a voice. congressman neugebauer served on the committee, and did a good job, he voted for us when it was needed. worked on that committee. congressman arrington going forward, is going to have to be a very vocal member of that committee. rep. jodey arrington/r-tx, 19th district the appointments are proving to be ideal for what we're trying to accomplish, that's promoting and defending the interest of west texas. arrington-- already making his case for rural west texas-- in an ag committee hearing... rep. jodey arrington/r-tx, 19th district "i certainly believe strongly that if we're going to make america great again, we need a strong and sustainable rural america." dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op 2018 farm bill is paramount. if we don't get good farm bill legislation, then you jeopardize that economic tie, when reese air force base was ni lubbock texas it impacted the lubbock economy to the tune of 250 million dollars a year, which is nothing to sneeze at, that's a lot of money. agriculture affects this economy to the tune of 12 billion dollars a year. arrington-- and ag committee chair mike conaway-- of district 11-- which covers much of the area of the south of lubbock-- bring support from the house-- on the senate side-- it's a little more complicated... dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op for the first time that i can remember, in my life time, we saw two senators vote against the farm bill that were from texas. that is unheard of. senator ted cruz visisted lubbock twice in 20-16-- meeting with ag producers-- including jackson-- during those trips... dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op i don't know how much mind-changing we've done, but it was very refreshing to have him in texas and to have him in west texas maybe after this ag tour, senator cruz will be a little more open to working with us. if we take ag away, lubbock is going to hurt hard, and fast. this whole area would. we've got a lot of great people that are involved in agriculture rep. jodey arrington/r-tx, 19th district those discussions have been great, and having somebody that's in the middle of the world's largest cotton patch and of the heartbeat of america and of the rural america and west texas, i think that our voice matters, and we're certainly at the right table there at the ag committee. jackson-- who was critical of arrington at first-- says he feels good about lubbock's representation in d-c in the house-- and is hopefully optimistic in the senate... dan jackson/gm meadow farmers co op just came out of a five year drought, five and a half year drought, and our guys are hurting. they need a strong farm bill, something much better than what we had in 14, to go forward, to go do what they do and to go do it well. take care of this country, take care of this area, that's the whole thing. wes jackson says when it's time to really get into negotiations-- he's focused on getting cotton designated as an oilseed-- he also wants to bolster insurance programs-- and make sure there's more help for producers... i also had a chance to talk to some folks with plains cotton growers-- who say that they're excited about working with arrington and conaway and the rest of the committee as the farm bill visions become reality... bryan important stuff,

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