Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.
The Ag Minute: National Ag Day Reminds Us All to Work Together for the Success of American Agriculture
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Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"In support and recognition of National Ag Day, I was pleased to speak before a group of young people from 4-H, FFA, and the Agriculture Future of America who are visiting Washington, D.C. this week.
"These students are the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and young leaders of rural communities and beyond. It was great to see their enthusiasm and pride for American agriculture.
"We need to build on that enthusiasm and use it as a way to educate consumers and others who may not fully appreciate the efforts and hard work of our agricultural producers.
"The truth is the United States is less rural. The Congress reflects that reality. Making the case for production agriculture and rural America is the challenge before all of us – young and old.
"We need help getting the attention of my colleagues who may not be on the committee, who may not be from the countryside, and who may not know just how important American agriculture is to our country.
"As the House Agriculture Committee moves forward with writing a five-year farm bill in the coming months, let us use the enthusiasm surrounding National Ag Day as a call to action for all of us to work together for the success of American agriculture."
The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released from the House Agriculture Committee.