Agriculture

Ever since I arrived in Washington, I have been working to improve the future of agriculture in Oklahoma. I recognize the importance of the family farm to our state and to this nation. I served as a conferee on the 2002 and 2008 Farm bills. Additionally, I have worked to provide tax relief, less government regulation and promote fair trade in agriculture. I will continue to be a strong voice for production agriculture and work to ensure that farmers have the necessary resources to not survive, but to thrive.

As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, I have long been a champion of voluntary agriculture conservation programs. During the drafting of the 2002 Farm Bill, I worked to secure the largest ever increase in programs such as Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and many others. In the 2008 Farm Bill, I advocated for renewable energy provisions to be included in the farm bill which would allow rural areas to play a larger role in making the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy. I am proud that the 2008 Farm Bill devotes a funding stream to renewable energy research, development, and production.

I have been proud to receive recognition from various agriculture groups for my work in support of their concerns. The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented me with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for supporting Farm Bureau issues in Congress in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. In both 2002 and 2003, the National Farmers Union recognized me with the “Presidential Award for Leadership” for issues important to rural America. NFU also recognized me with the “Golden Triangle Award”, which is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues affecting family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. In 2002 the Oklahoma Wheat Commission presented me with their “Staff of Life” award for voting in favor of wheat growers and farmers 100 percent of the time. And for two years running, the National Association of Wheat Growers named me one of only 11 “Wheat Champion” Members of Congress for superior action in Congress in support of the wheat industry.

More on Agriculture

October 20, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) as an original cosponsor introducing the Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609). The bipartisan bill would direct the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) to establish a contract library for cattle producers. The bill instructs USDA to regularly update the library in a user-friendly format and provide weekly or monthly reports as applicable. Additionally, the bill authorizes USDA to issue grants to universities, associations, or other institutions who can work directly with producers to disseminate and analyze data to drive marketing decisions.
September 17, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) on Wednesday joined Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT), and Reps. Don Bacon (NE-02), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Sanford Bishop (GA-02) introduced a bicameral and bipartisan resolution to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and honor the locally-led, collaborative conservation efforts they deploy throughout the United States.
September 13, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Last week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Oklahoma Conservation Commission Executive Director Trey Lam, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur, State Representative Todd Russ, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service Oklahoma State Conservation Engineer Chris Stoner to tour the Upper Elk Creek Site 23D rehabilitation project.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent announcement that the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $1,789,550 to Langston University to support and expand agriculture research, teaching, and extension activities.
July 28, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) in sending a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) urging them to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule seeking to list two Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by at least six months. The public comment period for the proposed rule currently ends on August 2, 2021.
July 23, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Earlier this week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) spoke on the House Floor about the importance of investing in watershed and flood control dam infrastructure. Oklahoma leads the nation with 2,107 upstream flood control dams constructed under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Watershed Program. The nation’s first upstream flood control dam- Cloud Creek Site Number 1- was built in 1948 in Washita County, Oklahoma. In 2000, Congressman Lucas’ Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments were signed into law, providing technical and financial assistance to rehabilitate watershed and flood control dams across the United States.
July 14, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – On Monday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), led by Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jaime Pinkham to express serious concerns with the Biden Administration’s decision to remand the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) and reopen the definition of “waters of the United States.”
July 6, 2021 In The News
In May 2019 when torrential rains hit Stillwater, much of downtown was protected from catastrophic flooding by a dry dam and spillway structure that few people would notice driving past it when flooding wasn't imminent.
July 6, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Recently, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) cosponsored the Broadband for Rural America Act. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Glenn Thompson (PA-15) and other House Agriculture Committee Republicans, the Broadband for Rural America Act would help bridge the digital divide for communities across the nation by providing more than $7 billion in authorizations for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) broadband connectivity programs, including the Broadband ReConnect Loan and Grant Program.
June 29, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Congressman Jim Baird (IN-04) in sending a letter to President Biden urging accountability of foreign adversaries for recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and our food system, and to find a reasonable solution to prevent future attacks.