Senator Moran discusses why he is backing the Rural Content Resolution

As supply chain issues, weather extremes, and inflation take a toll on farming and ranching, they have become front and center on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers are discussing how to support farmers while informing urbanites about what is happening in rural America. It is one of the reasons Senator Jerry Moran signed on as a co-sponsor of the Rural Content Resolution. The measure was introduced last week. If passed it would recognize the need for greater access to rural and agricultural media programming.

RFD-TV’s Tammi Arender spoke with Senator Moran about his decision to co-sponsor the bill and why it is so important.

“It is hugely important certainly for those that live in rural America, those of us involved in agriculture, the people I represent to see and hear and have the news and information that rural content provides. It is also important for the rest of the nation to know our culture, our way of life,” said Moran.

Senator Moran focused on the difficulties his constituents in Kansas face. He says weather is always a concern because farmers earn a living based on it. But, even more concerning is the cost of inputs like fertilizer and diesel fuel.

“That has farmers worried and it has a consequence on their ability to borrow money which is a component of how we get through from season and year-to-year,” said Senator Moran.

Besides hard-hitting issues, he also touts the feel good stories.

“Part of this is also seeing the culture, the nature, the way of life. Put a 4-H kid, put a guy or woman, a gal, in a blue jacket, and let them tell their story, and all the country would be interested in that,” said Senator Moran.

The Rural Content Resolution was introduced by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and along with Sen. Moran is co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Cuck Grassley, Sen. Steve Daines, and Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

Stay tuned to RFD-TV as we share updates on the resolution’s progress.

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