Tom Cole

US Congressman Tom Cole speaks Thursday evening at a town hall meeting at the Estep Center in the East Central University Student Center. Purchase these images at theadanews.smugmug.com.

Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, with Cole’s support.

Protecting our farmers and ranchers is essential to the agriculture community and our nation’s economy. To maintain healthy crops and produce, farmers and ranchers need protection and stability. This year’s farm bill provides those securities.

I am pleased that this year’s farm bill includes provisions to preserve and strengthen crop insurance, which is crucial to protecting Oklahoma’s farmers and their harvests. Additionally, the Farm Bill will continue to maintain the Conservation Reserve Program, which promotes soil conservation and has been beneficial to Oklahoma’s farmers for decades.

Farmers and ranchers are the foundation for the vitality of our nation. I’d like to thank House leadership and Chairman Conaway for bringing forward this comprehensive legislation that will preserve and protect our nation’s farmers and ranchers. I look forward to its passage in the Senate and enactment into law.

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