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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

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.

July 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement regarding the potential construction of a fence at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

"I am concerned by recent reports about plans to construct a border fence through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge – one of our country’s most precious refuges,” said Congressman Gonzalez.

July 17, 2017 In The News

LIVE OAK COUNTY – Local producers who are on the front lines of the ongoing cattle fever tick eradication program here now have an ally in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-15), who was elected in November to succeed former Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, was the guest speaker at Thursday’s  lunch meeting of the Live Oak County chapter of the Texas Farm Bureau. Gonzalez said that while the federal budget for fever-tick eradication efforts has been increased from $9 million to $12 million, more is needed.

July 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiating objectives outlined by the United States Trade Representative.

 

“For more than 20 years, businesses and communities in South Texas have flourished under the deal, and NAFTA remains an important economic driver for our local economy,” Congressman Gonzalez said.

 

July 6, 2017 Press Release

GEORGE WEST, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined thirty members of the Texas Farm Bureau at the Live Oak County Fairgrounds in George West on Wednesday to discuss the cattle fever tick outbreak and other issues important to South Texas farmers and ranchers. Texas Farm Bureau State Director, Zack Yanta, of Karnes County in the congressman’s district, introduced Congressman Gonzalez before the group.