Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in commemoration of National Agriculture Day:
“Our country is blessed with the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made us question what life would be like if we could not buy what we need to feed and care for our families. The good news is that our nation’s farmers and ranchers, and the entire food, fiber, fuel, and feed chain, are working overtime to ensure that American families have what they need to weather current conditions.
“The bad news is that our farmers, ranchers and rural America are really struggling. They have been dealing with a depressed farm economy for the past 7 years, and it just got a lot worse.
“That is why it is so bewildering that the House Democrats proposed a COVID-19 response bill late last night that would prevent USDA from providing critical relief to America’s farmers and ranchers. By failing to replenish and adequately fund the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), House Democrats would not only deny help in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, but they would jeopardize the ability of USDA to deliver what was promised under the Farm Bill and recently passed disaster relief.
“It is vital that we replenish and adequately fund the CCC so America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural America receive the crucial help they need.”
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