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Agriculture

"Agriculture is the backbone of Louisiana’s economy. Having been raised on a ranch, I know that for those who work in it every day, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries are more than a business.  As Congress moves forward, I will work tirelessly behalf of our farmers and producers to provide Louisiana’s agricultural industry critically needed financial, trade, and labor support."

Louisiana’s agriculture commodities contribute significantly to our state’s economy. With difficult weather conditions, floods, and low commodity prices, it is more important than ever to ensure that Louisiana's needs are properly reflected in the Farm Bill.

As Congress considers much-needed changes to our immigration policy, it is important that we support H-2A and H-2B visas, while instituting a returning worker exemption for the H-2B unskilled worker visa program.  A returning worker exemption will align H-2B visas with H-2A visas, improving the likelihood that our sugar mills, seafood peeling plants, landscaping, and tourism industries will have the labor they need. 

Additionally, it is imperative that the new administration review burdensome and unnecessary regulations regarding herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide use to provide our farmers as many tools available as possible.

Furthermore, although the U.S. House of Representatives has no legislative oversight of international trade negotiations, I understand the strong need for ensuring international trade agreements provide an even playing field for American exports, and I strongly support efforts to strengthen fair trading relationships with foreign countries. 

 

 

More on Agriculture

August 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that crawfish will be covered under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Farmers can apply for relief funds at farmers.gov/cfap.

May 20, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments and relief for America’s farmers and ranchers.

May 14, 2020 Press Release

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement of support after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service announced that North Lake Charles and Opelousas have been selected for the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA). Congressman Higgins voted in support of the USMCA trade deal in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 19, 2019.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on the signing of the United States and China Phase One trade pact. The agreement increases access to markets, benefits American farmers, and strengthens intellectual property rights, protections, and enforcement mechanisms.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting to pass the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that’s projected to generate more than $68 billion in new economic activity and 176,000 additional jobs.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. The bill would effectively grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to over one million currently illegal immigrants.

More specifically, the bill would:

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Trump Administration has reached an agreement with South Korea on market access for American rice.
 

March 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) hand-delivered a letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release additional visas under the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program.

Congressman Higgins will meet with Secretary Nielsen next week to discuss the importance of H-2B visas to the seafood and ag processing industries in South Louisiana.

The full text of the letter is below:

 

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, which extends and improves Farm Bill provisions.

The 2018 Farm Bill: