FLOYDADA - Congressman Jodey Arrington was in Floyd County on December 30. In a town-hall-meeting format, the congressman visited with farmers and ranchers and gave the 'truth' of the news to those in attendance.

“It was great to be in Whirlwind country over the holidays. We touched on a number of issues, but the bulk of our conversation focused on the state of the economy in West Texas.

While the overall U.S. economy is booming because of free market policies, including tax and regulatory cuts along with better trade deals like Japan and USMCA, the agriculture economy continues to struggle because of low prices, bad weather, and a loss of market share in China. If it were not for the 2018 Farm Bill and the Trump Administration’s temporary assistance for farmers, we’d be in a world of hurt.

It’s imperative that we continue to provide temporary relief for our producers who are experiencing a setback on account of China’s retaliatory tariffs. The recently announced ‘Phase-one’ trade deal with China will be a huge opportunity for our farmers and ranchers, with China committed to purchasing twice as much agriculture product as they have in the past, but it will take some time to recover from the last couple of years.

We are all on the same page that President Trump is doing the right thing to hold China accountable for years of unfair trade practices, and, while it’s a painful process, it had to be done.

With all the emphasis on trade-related activity, it has been a blessing for West Texas to have a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy. I will continue to work hand-in-hand with my producers along with President Trump and other policymakers to make sure we do everything necessary to position U.S. agriculture for near-term survival and long-term success.”--Jodey Arrington.

SOURCE: Sam Taylor-Communications Manager, Congressman Jodey Arrington.