Taking a step out of the more familiar stomping grounds of the state’s big cities, Senator Ted Cruz spent time this week getting a firsthand look at Texas agriculture. Yesterday, he visited the Gordon family on their corn farm near Dalhart.
“Agriculture is a staple of Texas that reaches every corner of the state and offers tremendous opportunities for economic growth,” Sen. Cruz said in a release on the visit.
A family farm in Texas may look different than the average person imagines, and the Gordon family farm is no different… Spanning multiple generations, the farm covers several thousand acres of cropland with a variety of crops. Growing corn, sorghum, and wheat, Robert Gordon and his wife Patty farm alongside their sons, Jared and Kent.
The visit was more than just a stop in a field to admire the view: the U.S. senator got to experience Texas corn harvest from the cab of the Gordon’s combine. From this perspective, Sen. Cruz saw the importance of advanced technology in sustainably and efficiently bringing in a crop, as well as the hard work each member of the farm puts into the day-to-day operation of the family farm.
The visit also offered the opportunity to visit with the legislator about issues impacting Texas farmers, according to Robert Gordon, who is also a Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT) board member and the Secretary-Treasurer for Texas Farm Bureau.
“I appreciated the senator’s eagerness to hear about the policies and regulations impacting farms in our state,” R. Gordon said. “I had the opportunity to visit with him in depth on the value of sound farm program policy and crop insurance, as well as the impact of estate taxes and federal regulations.”
Gordon noted the importance for legislators to understand the lasting impact decisions made in D.C. or Austin have on the farm – ultimately impacting our ability to produce homegrown, healthy, quality food options for Texans.
“Senator Cruz got a glance at the investment of time and finances farmers have in their land each year,” CPAT Executive Vice President David Gibson said. “Robert was able to explain the tremendous impact low commodity prices are currently having on family farms, and the value their farm equity has had in ensuring their ability to continue to operate.”
Gibson continued that CPAT’s hope was for the senator to gain an understanding of Texas agriculture, its importance to our state’s economy, the role farmers play in the food supply, and the impact policies have on America’s farmer.
In the senator’s statement on his tour of Texas agriculture, it is apparent he took home some key takeaways from his time in the High Plains:
“Unfortunately, it’s clear that Texas farms, many of which are small businesses, have felt the ill effects of the Obama administration’s onerous regulations and weak economy,” Cruz said. “We must stand with Texas producers and continue to work toward solutions that lighten the burden imposed on America’s farmers, enabling them to do what they do best: create jobs, spur economic expansion, and feed the nation.”
This week, the U.S. senator has traveled across the region meeting with agricultural leaders and operators from a variety of fields, including cotton, dairy, livestock, and wine and grape growers.
Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Senator Cruz has taken this to heart, and Texas’ agriculturalists are appreciative of him taking the time to get to better understand the industry and issues impacting it.
The senator’s visit to the Gordon family farm was coordinated by CPAT. To learn more about Texas corn farms and issues impacting farmers, visit www.TexasCorn.org.Download Press Release