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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

October 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) opened a district office in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

The new office, located at 1243 Cardinal Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155, is the fifth office for residents in the 15th District of Texas and will serve constituents in the northernmost areas.

October 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $320,988 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to support agriculture science education via the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Education Grant Program.

October 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has approved a $174,857 grant for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

October 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved forward on a remediation plan for the Donna Canal and Reservoir Superfund site to improve the health of residents in Donna, Texas, and surrounding communities.

September 27, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar  today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $600,000 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This funding will assist the Frontera Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Project which supports Hispanics and veterans in South Texas with development and sustainability in the farming and ranching market.

September 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible rural communities in the 15th District of Texas to apply for water and waste disposal funding offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s  Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant program.

September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census. 

September 18, 2018 In The News

PHARR, Texas - The Pharr International Bridge is the largest full-service crossing bridge in the Rio Grande Valley.
Billions of dollars in trade flow across the bridge annually and officials say there is room for growth.

City leaders along with officials from across the Valley implemented a new toll system they say will improve trade and security. More than 2,500 trucks full of goods and trade products cross over bridge daily creating billions of dollars of trade with Mexico annually and that number is expected to grow.

September 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s is included Duval and Jim Hogg Counties in a Secretarial Disaster Designation to provide farm operators eligibility and access to recovery assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Texas counties affected by recent severe drought and included in this designation are: Atascosa, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Zapata, and Zavala Counties.

August 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s notification to Congress of the administration’s intentions to enter a revised trade agreement with Mexico and potentially Canada.