* Correction appended. WASHINGTON - The Farm Bill, one of the most important pieces of federal legislation to millions of Texans, successfully made its way through both chambers of Congress this week and awaits the signature of President Donald Trump. Formally known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, the Farm Bill is a massive spending package that will deliver $867 billion over 10 years to subsidize farming and nutrition. Passage was no easy task and the previous funding bill expired months ago. The bill includes funding for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, which was a central point of contention. Republicans tried to increase work requirements for SNAP recipients, a move that the party largely backed away from in recent weeks. The bill's passage is the crowning legislative success for U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, the Midland Republican who currently chairs of the House Agriculture Committee. It passed with widespread support in the U.S. Senate, including from the two Texans – … [Read more...] about U.S. House passes farm bill to relief of Texas farmers, SNAP proponents
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WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders are just days away from a deadline to work out a compromise on a massive farm bill or risk a lapse in funding for crucial safety net programs used by thousands of Texas farmers. Ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline, Congress returns this week with just four legislative days to reconcile differences between the House and Senate legislation, pass the bill through both chambers and send it to the president's desk before safety net funding dries up. The bill, which comes with a $430 billion price tag over five years, is particularly important for Texas, which leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. One in seven Texans also works in an agriculture-related job, according to the department. The farm bill includes a vital crop insurance program for farmers that provides financial protection against crop destruction. The crop insurance program is the second largest program in the bill and made up 8 … [Read more...] about Texas farmers on edge as $430 billion farm bill runs up against deadline
By Lynn Brezosky Published 4:06 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 A Nike Ad featuring American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick on display September 8, 2018 in New York City. A Nike Ad featuring American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick on display September 8, 2018 in New York City. Photo: ANGELA WEISS /AFP /Getty Images Justin Walker, a member of the communications staff at the Texas Farm Bureau, in a TFB shirt co-branded with the Nike logo. The Texas Farm Bureau, wanting to avoid appearing to take a political stance, has asked personnel not to wear the Nike-logoed shirts less Justin Walker, a member of the communications staff at the Texas Farm Bureau, in a TFB shirt co-branded with the Nike logo. The Texas Farm Bureau, wanting to avoid appearing to take a political stance, has ... more Photo: Texas Farm Bureau / The Texas Farm … [Read more...] about Texas Farm Bureau clarifies employee Nike ban
Focusing on rural access to health care, high-speed internet and immigrant farm labor, O’Rourke’s rural platform looks to be cogent and cohesive, if still a little skinny. by Christopher Collins Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 9:45 am CST Brad Tollefson/A-J Media Focusing on rural access to health care, high-speed internet and immigrant farm labor, O’Rourke’s rural platform looks to be cogent and cohesive, if still a little skinny. by Christopher CollinsAugust 23, 2018 Beto O’Rourke has seen a lot of rural Texas in the last year. The El Paso congressman challenging U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has traveled to all 254 Texas counties, some of which count more farm animals than registered voters. O’Rourke has eaten fried pie at the Texas-Oklahoma line, watched wind turbines whir in West Texas and trawled the remote coastal communities pummeled by Hurricane Harvey. It’s no secret that many of Texas’ rural enclaves, which tend to vote overwhelmingly … [Read more...] about Beto’s Drawing Big Crowds in Small Towns. But What’s His Plan for Rural Texas?
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