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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Agriculture

Growing up on a farm in Northeast Louisiana, I saw how agriculture industry benefits our state. As the only Louisiana member to sit on the House Agriculture Committee, I have been – and will continue to be – a strong voice for our farming communities. 
 
My top priority is to support legislation that provides our farmers with the tools and help they need to grow the food that feeds our country. The primary way to do this is through the implementation of a new and strong Farm Bill. This legislation is the single-most important piece of agricultural policy for the next five years. 
 
In July, I was named to the Farm Bill Conference Committee. This is an honor and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. We must get this bill right for all people who call rural America home. I’m confident that we will emerge from this process with a great Farm Bill that provides strong support for our farmers, ranchers and foresters.
 
House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee Assignments:
  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry

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February 16, 2019 In The News

Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham isn't going to wait for the deadly, so-called “zombie” deer disease to spread to his home state of Louisiana before taking action.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., reintroduced legislation to help soybean farmers better access a program designed to offset losses caused by Chinese tariffs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) last year that offers payments to farmers based on losses incurred by Chinese tariffs.

Many soybean farmers in Louisiana were unable to participate in the program last year because they were unable to harvest their crops.

February 15, 2019 In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., reintroduced legislation to help soybean farmers better access a program designed to offset losses caused by Chinese tariffs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) last year that offers payments to farmers based on losses incurred by Chinese tariffs.

Many soybean farmers in Louisiana were unable to participate in the program last year because they were unable to harvest their crops.

February 13, 2019 In The News

A congressman whose district includes a region that is at the center of a controversial plan to drastically reduce the deer population in the fight over chronic wasting disease is joining in support of a bill that asks federal agencies to study the growing disease.

December 15, 2018 In The News

At a town hall in Lafayette on Thursday, former Congressman Charles Boustany outlined just how much the tariffs put in place by the Trump administration are costing Louisiana.

Boustany is a spokesperson for Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide, nonpartisan campaign. According to data the group released from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau:

December 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today voted for the Farm Bill Conference Report, which passed overwhelmingly in the House. It now heads to President Trump’s desk for a signature.
 

December 11, 2018 In The News

A Farm Bill is in conference committee with votes expected on a final version in Congress later this week. The bill houses the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, along with farming policy for the next several years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s disappointed the bill leaves out SNAP work requirements, but overall it’s a good bill.

“We got 18 of the 21 asks. As a whole, when you have this large of a bill, we count this as a big win.”

December 11, 2018 In The News

Congress has reached a compromise deal on a new Farm Bill to set agriculture policy for five years, but it won't expand work requirements for food stamps, which had been a priority of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and President Donald Trump.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp program. The House will likely vote Wednesday.

December 9, 2018 In The News

Some say when a farmer is asked what he does for a living, he should say he’s a “professional gambler.”

Farming is a gamble when everything is as it should be. When the weather is contrary and geopolitics gets added to the mix, the gambler doesn’t stand much of a chance against “the house.”

This year, soybean farmers seemed to be the ones -- as U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham said -- “taking it on the chin.”

December 7, 2018 In The News

Lawmakers announced they come to an agreement on the farm bill. 

After a simmering fight in Congress over food stamps. the debate appears to be settled without the addition of new work requirements. Washington correspondent reports it's just one part of a sweeping farm bill set for a vote next week.

But the bill is also notable for what it does not contain, new work requirements for people on food stamps. House Republicans championed that provision when they passed their plan earlier this year.