House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway says the resiliency South Texas farmers are displaying following heavy losses from Hurricane Harvey is evident to anyone who talks to them.
Conaway released a recorded statement following a Sept. 21 tour with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller. Stops included Wharton County farms and a cotton gin.
“The other thing is to see the resiliency,” Conaway said. “The folks we talked to at El Campo, knowing they had taken such huge losses, knew that they had crop insurance; they knew they had a way forward, and they intended to walk that path forward. They were not going to quit, they were not going to give up, they were going to stay in business.
He said farmers show incredible spirit following destruction from “what was Harvey to what was otherwise a record cotton crop for that part of Texas.”
Perdue said farmers and ranchers and others interested in supporting South Texas agriculture showed their generosity by sending hay, feed, and other materials to the region. “That’s the farmer spirit,” Perdue says of the help from other farmers. “Their generosity has been overwhelming. They have done a good job of helping others.”