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Positions and Views of Kay Bailey Hutchison
on Food & Agriculture
Previous Candidate for U.S. Senate, Texas
Age: 71
Party: Republican Party of Texas
Phone: 512.916.5834
Address: PO Box 9190
Dallas, TX 75209
 
Kay Bailey Hutchison's positions and views on the issues:
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Food & Agriculture Positions and Views
Agriculture, a General Statement

THE FUTURE OF TEXAS FARMING

Texas farming has a long and rich history. Since prehistoric times, inhabitants have used a variety of agricultural methods to produce the necessary foods for survival. Caddo Indians in East Texas lived in permanent villages and prepared fields to cultivate corn, squash and beans. In West Texas, Pueblo Indians employed irrigation techniques to successfully grow cotton. The Spanish introduced the grapefruit to Texas, which was later adopted as the official fruit of the Lone Star State. After Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, the government encouraged settlement in the region north of the Rio Grande River by offering land grants.

Stephen F. Austin inherited a land grant from his father, Moses Austin and, together with 300 other families from the United States, helped to settle parts of Central, East, and Southeast Texas. Prior to the Civil War, Texas agriculture primarily consisted of subsistence family farms typically ranging in size from 120 to 160 acres. With the expansion of the railroads, Texas farming grew rapidly creating the opportunity for commercial production.

The Morrill Land-Grant College Act in 1862 established the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, known today as Texas A&M University, to advance research in the fields of farming and ranching. Despite the devastating setbacks caused by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, advancements in cultivation, irrigation, crop diversification and equipment modernization lead to improved agricultural productivity.

Today, groups such as the Texas Farm Bureau are advocating for the future of agribusiness in our state. Adding approximately $40 billion to the state economy each year, Texas is one of our nation's leading farming states. Numerous organizations such as 4-H and the Future Farmers of America are helping to teach Texas? youth the cutting-edge techniques that will keep Texas on the forefront of the international agricultural indus [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Food, a General Statement
Agriculture Reforms
Genetically Engineered Food
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Protecting Food Safety
Country of Origin Labeling
Department of Agriculture
Family Farm
Farm Bill
Farm Subsidies
Farmer Owned Biofuel Refineries
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Closings
Farm Crop Supports
Farm Corporation Subsidies
Other Farm Assistance
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