Roe: Championing the Farming Industry for Future Generations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the Farm Bill:“I’ve always said I’ll never apologize for taking care of our farmers. This Farm Bill is a great start to help struggling farmers in East Tennessee. Over the last five years, net farming income has declined by 52 percent because of external factors like natural disasters and changes in the global economy. In meeting with agricultural stakeholders throughout our district, I have heard about the difficulties facing our farmers. I’m pleased the 2018 Farm Bill includes critical provisions such as preserving crop insurance programs and maintaining trade promotion initiatives by providing a strengthened safety net for agricultural exports. While I believe the bill could have been strengthened by encouraging healthy food options in the SNAP program, the bill adopts some very reasonable requirements for work or education in the SNAP program so that beneficiaries are offered a hand up through this program, not simply a hand out. America wouldn’t be as strong as we are today without our agriculture community, and this bill will help preserve our farming industry for future generations. I urge our colleagues in the Senate to act quickly to ensure our farmers continue to have the support system they need.”
Note: This month, Rep. Roe was featured during the House Agriculture Committee's #FarmBillFriday. To view that video, click here.