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  • Protecting our farmers and ranchers
    Posted in Op-Ed on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    America is blessed with the safest, most affordable, and most abundant food and fiber supply mankind has ever known. This is made possible thanks to the men and women who dutifully care for their crops and livestock each and every day. Most factors that affect a farmer’s livelihood — like unpredictable weather events, fluctuations in commodity markets, and the predatory trade practices of foreign governments — are completely out of their control. These factors have collided over the past several... Read more

  • Honoring America’s farmers and ranchers
    Posted in Op-Ed on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    By Mike Conaway America's farmers and ranchers are undeniably some of the most dedicated and humble individuals in this country. Without complaint, rain or shine, they simply wake up and work hard because that is what's needed to keep our country running. But despite their best efforts, America's farmers and ranchers are facing real challenges today. Net farm income is estimated to fall 56 percent from 2013 to 2016, the largest three-year percentage drop since the Great Depression. The problem i... Read more

  • Giving Thanks for America's Bounty
    Posted in Op-Ed on November 26, 2015 | Preview rr

    As we gather this Thanksgiving with our families and friends to celebrate our many blessings, it is fitting to also recognize the farmers and ranchers who provided the food on our tables. Thanksgiving is a cherished time for most American families, especially those who make their living off the land. Throughout our nation’s history, our ancestors have gathered during the harvest season to give thanks and celebrate the harvest that would see them through the coming year. They understood the promi... Read more

  • A Solid Start for the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress
    Posted in Op-Ed on September 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Food Transparency, SNAP, Trade/Food Aid, National Security, Markets and Finance, Conservation, Innovation in Agriculture, Country of Origin Labeling, CFTC Reauthorization, 2014 Farm Bill

    By Chairman K. Michael Conaway When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be d... Read more

  • Myth vs. Fact: Setting the Record Straight on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is a failed government mandate with serious economic implications. Should the World Trade Organization(WTO) rule against the United States for the 4th time in the coming days, Canada and Mexico will be authorized to seek retaliation against the U.S. by imposing economically devastating tariffs on U.S. exports. Supporters of COOL rely on misinformation and false claims to make their case. Let’s see how their arguments stack up against the facts: Myth: C... Read more

  • COOL Retaliation & its Impact on the U.S.
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body will soon rule on Canada and Mexico’s case against the U.S. on the mandatory Country of Origin Label (COOL) requirement on muscle cuts of beef and pork.This is the fourth and final decision by the WTO, and in the three previous decisions it has ruled against the U.S. COOL law. If the U.S. loses this case, Canada and Mexico have indicated their intention to retaliate on hundreds of U.S. products, ranging from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture, ... Read more

  • 10 COOL Things to Know
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    In the coming days, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to release its fourth and final decision on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule and announce if the United States has been found compliant with trade standards. Should the U.S. lose this appeal, Congress will need to be ready to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico, our top two export markets. Here are 10 things you should know about COOL. 1. COOL is not about food safety or traceability. The U.S. Department of Ag... Read more

  • Agriculture Committee begins full-scale SNAP review
    Posted in Op-Ed on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    “SNAP is essential in protecting the most vulnerable citizens during tough times, but we need to have a complete understanding of its mission and purpose.” That was the message from House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway this week as the committee began its top-to-bottom review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps. SNAP is now the largest welfare program in both the number of recipients and the amount of spending, yet the prog... Read more