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

February 25, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Representatives Tracey Mann (R-KS), Jim Langevin (D-RI) and 76 cosponsors introducing a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 150, celebrating National FFA Week and applauding the next generation of leaders who will change the world.
February 23, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Tom Vilsack to be Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Tom Vilsack by a vote of 92-7.
January 29, 2021 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK), Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) penned a bipartisan letter with 45 House colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary David Pekoske to prioritize the nation’s agriculture supply chain when imposing travel restrictions. The letter comes after the White House issued President Joe Biden’s Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease.
January 21, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauded the establishment and opening of the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE). Located in Stillwater, the center will serve as the state’s frontline of defense against any future biosecurity-threatening diseases and will leverage Oklahoma’s unique rural and urban assets to benefit public health.
December 23, 2020 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Earlier this week, Congress passed H.R. 133- the Consolidated Appropriations Act, providing coronavirus relief and federal appropriations until September 30, 2021. The bipartisan, bicameral package included a number of important priorities supported by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), benefiting individuals, families, workers, and businesses across Oklahoma.
October 30, 2020 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $69 million to build and improve rural electric infrastructure in western Oklahoma.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Congressman Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and House Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member Mike Conaway (TX-11) in introducing the Price Reform in Cattle Economies (PRICE) Act, a bill to increase transparency in the cattle market, improve risk management, and support new and expanding meat processors.
September 18, 2020 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP) to better address the needs of all of America’s wheat growers. The CFAP 1 only covered assistance to hard red spring and durum wheat farmers, which only encompasses a piece of the wheat industry. President Donald Trump and USDA announced today that the Agency would provide an additional $14 billion for agriculture producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, including growers of all classes of wheat.
September 4, 2020 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN-07), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway (TX-11), and 23 other House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting funds in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers of all wheat varieties to address price impacts from COVID-19.
August 7, 2020 Press Release
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These changes, advocated for by Lucas in the 2018 Farm Bill, streamline the authorization process for Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers.