Oklahoma's congressman stepped into the South Plains Saturday.
Representative Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, toured the food safety lab at Texas Tech. The ag committee is crafting a five-year farm bill. Lucas said a key component of that bill is agricultural research.
Lucas met with professors and visited the labs, discussing challenges in agriculture. One of those challenges is more funding, something Lucas said is not easy with no bi-partisanship in the House and Senate.
"It's time to work out all the details," Lucas said. "I think we can do that, even with less money to spend. But, remember the fundamentals principle that I offered all my colleagues back east, the farm bill is still about making sure we have enough to eat and enough fibers to wear. If it's going to be a federal farm bill, it has to be something where it is the safety network for all commodity groups and all regions. That's what we're pushing hard on, and not everybody agrees on that, but I think we're going to get there."
The next critical date regarding the farm bill is Dec. 31, when your milk prices could increase to $8 if a compromise is not reached.