By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
BATON ROUGE - Addressing the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, northeast Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham said some of the classified briefings he's received "over and over acknowledge how vulnerable our food supply is to today's outside world. Whether it's biological, a virus, you name it, we are susceptible to some type of food safety attack."
Abraham went on to point out Louisiana farmers know what to do to grow a crop and how to protect their crops. "And we cannot give them enough credit for what they do on a daily basis."
As for the new farm bill, the 5th district congressman said the crops that are doing OK under the 2014 farm bill will stay pretty much like they are. "Cotton will be brought back into the 2018 farm bill after being left out of the 2014 farm bill allowing that crop to have more parity.":
"One good crop year is not nearly enough because one bad year will negate 3 to 4 good years. It's just that hard to make a living being a farmer today," said Abraham.