PPC Farms' Lois Kim met with U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela during a Town Hall Meeting in Pharr, Texas on January 25th at the Food Bank RGV. Representative Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) was elected Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Agriculture by the Democratic membership of the committee. The role of Vice Ranking Member was created by the Democratic Caucus in 2017 in order to provide more leadership opportunities for newer members.
Kim inquired Congressman Vela whether there will be provisions for vegetable growers at the similar level as the traditional row crop growers in the upcoming Farm Bill. Increasing the number of crops covered by USDA subsidized crop insurance policy will be one way the bill will ensure there is continued specialty crop production without jeopardizing the farmers from natural disasters, climate change and policy related market disruptions, Kim suggested.
PPC Farms will continue the conversation on our nation's food policy issues so that all will have access to healthy food in this country.