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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Agriculture

Congressman Gonzalez is proud to represent a thriving agricultural community of more than 8,000 farms totaling upwards of 4,303,286 acres. The 15th District of Texas is home to a diverse array of produce, specialty crop, and livestock operations. The district is known for its citrus, cotton, sugarcane, sorghum, and cattle ranching operations.  

Congressman Gonzalez has a proven record of supporting research, pest management, trade assistance, and other federal programs that give farmers and ranchers the resources they need to have a productive business.

The congressman understands the importance of protecting the safety net and is dedicated to elevating the concerns and priorities of South Texas agriculture producers in Washington, D.C. Congressman Gonzalez supports increasing market access for all American agricultural products and efforts to strengthen the farm economy and provide regulatory certainty to agriculture producers. 

 Recently, alongside Congressmen Filemon Vela and Henry Cuellar, Congressman Gonzalez helped secure $59 billion in federal funding for citrus research in the Rio Grande Valley, a huge advancement for the area’s citrus farmers.

Congressman Gonzalez also joined colleagues from across the country to request an additional $2.5 million in federal funding for research on the sugarcane aphid, a pest that poses a threat to sorghum in South Texas and across the country

More on Agriculture

July 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants to apply for the Housing Preservation Grant program, also known as Program 101, and Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants for Fiscal Year 2018, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

These funding streams provide sponsoring organizations with the resources necessary to repair or rehabilitate housing occupied by low and very low-income people. Funding can also be used to construct, improve, repair and purchase housing for domestic farm laborers.

June 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service partnership intended to engage more military veterans in farming and ranching. This program will assist veterans applying for FSA direct farm ownership loans, ultimately leading to advancements of land and capital.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Pictured above: Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for projects under its Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) program. This initiative supports investments in connectivity, training, business development, and infrastructure.

May 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) introduced H.R. 5654, the VAWA Protections for Rural Women Act of 2018, that will add the Rural Housing Voucher program to the list of covered housing programs under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This is another crucial step toward protecting victims of domestic violence from homelessness.

April 24, 2018 In The News

More efforts are being made to ensure the longevity of citrus, not only in the Rio Grande Valley, but across the nation.

"The citrus industry is a very important part of our economy and provides a lot of jobs for South Texas," said Congressman Vicente Gonzalez.

On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced record-level funding to combat the citrus greening disease. In total, the funding would add up to more than $67 million.

The citrus greening disease has affected citrus farmers in the RGV, like Jimmy Pawlik.

April 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the fiscal year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act funded critical USDA programs that help to combat Citrus Greening Disease at all-time high levels. The bill appropriated $10.5 and $57 million for the Huanglongbing Multiagency Coordination Group (HLB-MAC) and the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) respectively.

March 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) announced today that they helped secure $97.5 million in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Omnibus Appropriations bill for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Cattle Health Program, that includes $5 million specifically for research and scientific tools to eradicate cattle fever tick.

November 10, 2017 In The News

Environmental protections for wildlife at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge near the border in South Texas are also safeguarding one of the U.S. beef industry’s worst enemies: the cattle fever tick.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19) spearheaded a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to take an active role in existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) efforts to eradicate the cattle fever tick outbreak in South and Central Texas. Specifically, the letter requests that the U.S.