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Posted on May 4, 2023 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




What’s national food security worth?

By Gary Joiner

With all the budget talk in Washington, D.C., right now, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers.

Throw in ongoing House and Senate committee hearings on ideas for the new farm bill, and cost figures for the bill can get lost in translation.

Here is what we should remember: Farm bill spending is projected to account for less than 2% of the entire federal budget.

Broken down further, the farm safety net, which is commodity programs and crop insurance combined, is projected to account for only two-tenths of 1% of federal spending.

Is our nation’s food security worth it? You bet it is.

Is our national security worth the expense? Yes, without a doubt.

Food security is national security.

The farm bill impacts every family in America. It helps put food on tables across our great country.

Few pieces of legislation are more significant than the farm bill when it comes to ensuring our food system is secure.

It is a wise investment that Congress and America must make.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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