Statements about Agriculture
Says Texas did not bail out a loan program he oversaw as state agriculture commissioner.
Obama creates new tax on Christmas trees, fees get passed on to consumers.
Says the giant African land snail "carries human meningitis."
"A Cornell University research study concludes that ethanol generates a 29 percent energy loss, meaning it takes more than a gallon of gasoline to produce a gallon of ethanol."
Says the government wants to require farm tractor drivers to hold commercial driver’s licenses even if they’re just crossing a single public road.
Slim Jims "just recently" cost 99 cents but now cost $2.69.
Ethanol reduced gas prices by 89 cents per gallon in 2010, and if ethanol disappeared, gas prices could rise by as much as 92 percent.
On subsidies for ethanol production.
"Without ethanol, gas prices would be at least 15% higher. With gas at four bucks, that means you’re saving 12 bucks on a 20 gallon fill up."
Texans eat more catfish than residents of all other states combined.
"All the money the Department of Citrus has is paid for by the citrus growers. You don't save dollars by eliminating the Department of Citrus."
Federal Reserve policies have led to a 69 percent rise in corn prices, 44 percent rise in wheat prices and 15 percent spike in sugar prices over the last year.
"On average, Americans spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food. Compare that to folks in Mexico, who spend 22 percent, China, 28 percent and Russia, 37 percent."
Georgia lawmakers fuel up for the session by feasting on "wild" hogs.
Earmarks requested in a federal spending bill included "$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin."
There are "10 or 20 deaths a year from foodborne illness" in the United States.
"Ohio is losing over 700 family farms a year, some of them just to pay the inheritance tax."
New food safety legislation will regulate backyard gardening.
Grocery prices "have risen significantly over the past year or so."
Says Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady's first priority after winning the primary "was to sponsor a bill that would mass-euthanize sheltered dogs and cats in gas chambers."
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