In this edition of video mailbox, I want to respond to some letters that I have received concerning the 2012 Farm Bill and the Department of Labor's Youth Ag Rule that places restrictions on what a child can and cannot do on a farm. I have received a good deal of mail on both topics, and I understand how important each of these issues is to our part of Texas.
Passing some sort of Farm Bill is essential before September 30, but I believe we must make sure we pass the best bill possible for our farmers and ranchers. The House has already passed a bill to fund disaster programs. The disagreement is primarily about the 80% of the Farm Bill that is Food Stamps and nutrition programs.
In addition, at this point the Department of Labor has withdrawn their proposed Youth Ag Rule. It is still critical, however, that we remain watchful for other examples of over reach by the federal government in the future.
I invite you to learn more about these issues by watching this edition of the video mailbox. Have a question you would like answered? Please contact me by phone, e-mail, letters, or on Facebook and Twitter.
As always, I appreciate hearing from you.