Arrington Fights for Cotton Fix in House Agriculture Hearing
WASHINGTON - Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing titled “The Next Farm Bill: Commodity Policy, Part II” as part of a series to set the stage for the 2018 Farm Bill. During the hearing, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19), a member of the House Agriculture Committee who represents the largest cotton producing district in the country, continued his fight to get cotton back in the farm bill as a Title I commodity.
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In the hearing, Congressman Arrington stated in-part,
“West Texas and cotton are synonymous -- cotton is king -- and we’re in a real crisis. If we let it continue much longer, it will fundamentally alter our economic landscape. I imagine that there are a lot of rural communities in the Cotton Belt that are similarly situated, so I come with grave, grave concerns and with a sense of urgency with respect to our cotton producers. At one of our first hearings I asked an Ag economist -- a policy expert -- could the rationale that was applied by the WTO and the Brazilian case be applied to other commodities? And the answer was ‘yes, it could’. So my question to you is, what would America be, look like, how would we be positioned economically and from a national security perspective, if we pulled all of the commodities out of Title I? Do you agree with me that it would be an epic national security crisis?”
The panelists answer “Yes.”
“So are you all concerned that the next commodity to be pulled out of the Title I on the account of WTO or some complaint from another country will result in your commodity being pulled out of the safety net that protects your commodity and your farmers from market volatility?”
A panelist answers “Yes.”
Arrington ended his line of questioning to the panelists by stating,
“I want to implore my colleagues, please help us get cotton back in the farm bill! Please help us get cotton back as a Title I covered commodity. It’s the only commodity that’s not in the farm bill and we are sucking air. Ag is sick, the farmer is in the hospital, and cotton is in the ICU!”
For more information on today’s hearing, including a list of witnesses, please click HERE.
Congressman Jodey Arrington is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving the Nineteenth Congressional District of Texas. He serves as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, House Budget Committee, and Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.