Strong military & sound ag policy keys to national security

“Never forget that one of the primary purposes of all programs should be to ensure the food security of the nation and the sustainability of food and fiber for our grandchildren’s grandchildren."—Maj. Gen. Darren G. Owens, U.S. Army retired

Two of the pillars of our country’s national security have long been a strong military and sound agricultural policy.

Those words from Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, prefaced a recent hearing by the committee on agriculture and national security that included statements by former military leaders, men who have seen firsthand the impact of insufficient food and inadequate agriculture in war zones and elsewhere.

“For decades,” Conaway said, “the U.S. has invested in transportation and infrastructure, agricultural research and innovation, and risk management tools for farmers — all of which have led to a vibrant and stable agricultural sector. Combined with the might of the U.S. military, we have long enjoyed relative peace and prosperity.”

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