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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 that we keep a watchful eye on the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides safety net programs like crop insurance, revenue protection, and incentive-based conservation programs.

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 tourist 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

July 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that the European Union (EU) agreed to lower tariffs on American-produced goods and increase LNG and soybean exports to Europe.

June 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of the 2018 Farm Bill today, which passed the House and ended a multi-week delay that had caused uncertainty for American farmers.

The 2018 Farm Bill also includes significant welfare reform measures and modest job-search or work requirements for food stamp recipients. Congressman Higgins advocated for the elimination of wasteful spending and fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

May 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) spoke on the House floor today, urging his colleagues to protect American sugar farmers and farm families in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Congressman Higgins’ remarks are below:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today on behalf of the American farmer.

April 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent the following letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to consider the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.


 

April 12, 2018

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear Mr. President,

April 13, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) praised the 2018 Farm Bill, which was released yesterday by the House Agriculture Committee. Congressman Higgins worked with the committee to advance key policy wins for Louisiana farmers.

The 2018 Farm Bill:

September 19, 2017 Blog Post

Congressman Higgins recently introduced legislation to repeal the rum tax cover-over program. Learn more about the cover-over, and how it is hurting rum producers in the continental United States.

 

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September 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3476, a bill that repeals the cover-over of federal excise tax revenue from rum production and allows rum producers in the continental United States to better compete with producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Federal excise taxes collected on rum in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are returned to the treasuries of Puerto Rico and the USVI. This revenue transfer is referred to as the cover-over.

 

July 26, 2017 Video

Had the privilege to join my friend Congressman Jodey Arrington on the House floor last night, speaking about agriculture and rural America. Given a level playing field and opportunities to compete on a global scale – American farmers will always win.

 

July 21, 2017 In The News

China has agreed to allow U.S. rice imports for the first time ever, opening a "massive market" for Louisiana farmers.

"It's huge," Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said in an interview with USA Today Network. "This opens up a massive market for us."

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the deal, which has been more than a decade in the making, on Thursday.

"This market represents an exceptional opportunity today with enormous potential for growth in the future,” Perdue said in a statement.

July 20, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) released the following statement after Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached an agreement with Chinese officials to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever.