#FARMBILLFRIDAY: Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Washington, August 3, 2018
Tags: 2018 Farm Bill
In this week's #FarmBillFriday, Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) emphasizes the importance of investing in the farm bill in order to maintain strong national security. Food security keeps America thriving.
"We’re not only investing in rural America in a variety of ways, but really investing in our own food security, which means national security."
Rep. Crawford said [in part]:
A nation that can’t feed itself is a nation that is insecure, potentially a threat to enemies around the world that would really like to take advantage of that. I can point to a couple of examples, one of them most notably, Venezuela, they can’t feed themselves and you see what’s taking place down in Venezuela. But one of the bigger examples, quite frankly, is China.
1.4 billion people and they have to rely on outside sources to feed their population and that’s not a safe position to be in and so here in the United States, we have the ability to invest in ourselves and we’re doing that with the farm bill. We’re investing in not only in rural America in a variety of ways, but really investing in our own food security, which means national security. So I think it’s important to note that as tax payers, we do want to make an investment and expect a return. The return on the investment is an abundant, safe, affordable food supply here at home that we can rely on and we can sleep easy at night knowing that our farmers provide that for us and as tax payers, we’re getting a heck of a return on our investment.