Tuesday, May 31, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoFound: Shepherd mix, showed up near C.R. 307 and C.R. 317, La Vernia, about one week ago, has orange collar with no tags. 210-385-2892.
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound

VideoLost: German mix, male, tip of one ear missing, micro chipped, last seen with blue collar and blue bone tag with name and house number. Call if found, 830-779-2512.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Hiring full-time/part-time individual to work at local child care center, must have high school diploma or GED. Apply in person at Little Bear Child Care Center, 12992 Hwy. 87 W., La Vernia.
Insurance sales rep., no license necessary, will provide all training, compensation includes salary plus commission, full medical benefits, and 401K, transportation required, goal oriented. Call Frank Castillo at 210-900-8140.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Did SNAP derail the Farm Bill?




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Wilson County News
October 17, 2012 | 3,101 views | Post a comment

In response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ failure to debate and vote on HR 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, or the 2012 Farm Bill, many agriculture groups have used their members to contact their congressmen and voice concerns.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, was one who signed a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner asking for the House to debate and vote on the Farm Bill, prior to the Sept. 30 expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill. In mid-September, Cuellar took the time to address concerns in an email interview that was published Sept. 19, “Cuellar addresses Farm Bill, ag issues.”

Due to the expiration of the Farm Bill, Cuellar again took the time Oct. 10 to respond to Wilson County News readers about these issues.

WCN: Do you feel a Farm Bill will be discussed during the lame duck session or next year? Why the delay?

Cuellar: Expiration of the current farm bill means the end of many programs dealing with production, conservation, energy, and other programs many producers rely on. I was confident that this Republican leadership would follow the precedent set by previous Speakers and Congresses and bring this legislation to the floor for consideration; however, this has not happened and programs are beginning to expire.

This Congress cannot allow this to happen -- and that is why I remain confident Speaker Boehner will allow the House to vote on a proposal as soon as possible.

Beyond programs ending, passage of the next farm bill also is pressured by a set of essentially mothballed provisions that date from the 1930s and 1940s.

The old laws on the books, known as “permanent law,” would be put back into action once the current farm bill expires. These provisions would radically change how American agriculture works, and would drive up prices to unseen levels, while violating countless international trade laws. Simply put, allowing this to happen would devastate American agriculture.

WCN: The 2008 Farm Bill had provisions that expired and needed extensions to continue. What other disaster assistance was approved for cattlemen, since the only help is for death of animals and the lack of forage?

Cuellar: The House voted on, and passed, a proposal to provide additional disaster assistance to drought-stricken areas such as Texas. While these provisions are in the Committee-passed Farm Bill, which I supported, I also supported this package.

This historic drought is driving many of the remaining family farms out of business.

However, the Senate -- which has passed a full new five-year Farm Bill -- is refusing to consider temporary relief packages as they would simply be kicking the can down the road.

WCN: Some people are saying the breaking point [why Congress could not agree on a new farm bill] was the funding of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Do you feel SNAP should be separated from the Farm Bill and stand alone to give the people a better view of where the funding is distributed?

Cuellar: Unfortunately, many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are disconnected on how food makes it from the farm to our kitchen tables. SNAP funding and production policy are both contained in the same bill because of their direct impact on each other.

As SNAP is only used for raw food purchases, funding for SNAP goes directly back to producers -- which is why it is considered [one of] the most effective economic drivers in the federal government. I would oppose separating the two packages, as passing either would be far more difficult to pass into law, and harmful to our family farms.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Customs intercepts pest new to the United States (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Does wounded tree have a chance? (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mother Nature whips Wilson County crops (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Scrapie confirmed in Texas (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef cattle seven-year decline ends (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Educational video for water well owners (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free Beef Quality Assurance training set for May 25 (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fretwell wins Region 8 high school all around rookie saddle (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grant to restore, enhance the monarch butterfly habitat (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grass-fed beef conference (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gun safety and barbecue in New Braunfels (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia Poultry Judging wins state, advances to nationals (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lawn, landscape, rainwater program May 21 in Floresville (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lesser prairie chicken off the list (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Luling Foundation Field Day (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Protecting your tomatoes (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. As El Nińo fades, expect warmer, drier weather says Texas A&M expert (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville team wins second at state (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Llamas, load up! (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Transplanting mountain laurels (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. 2016 La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef, forage symposium May 10 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cattle raisers’ crime watch (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Corn acreage increases in Texas (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Help controlling the weeds (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Krueger leads the way at La Vernia stock show (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Land Heritage nomination deadline nears (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. May 2016 Gardening Calendar (May 1, 2016)
Coupons ag-right
Heavenly Touch homeTriple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.