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  • Conaway Statement on GAO Food Aid Report
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report on the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) implementation and oversight of additional food aid flexibility authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, USAID is authorized to use up to 20 percent of Food for Peace (Title II) funds for administrative purposes, now interpreted by USAID to include the delivery of cash-based food aid. The report offers the first comprehensive look ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Examines Impacts of Tax Code on Agriculture Industry
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to examine how the tax code impacts agricultural producers. Members of the committee heard from a panel of Members of Congress—including Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-at large) and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)—from the House Committee on Ways and Means, the committee charged with crafting our nation's tax code. The Committee also heard from a diverse panel of witnesses including agricultural and tax professionals. "Both the ranking member and I are CPAs, ... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Credit Programs in the Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit

    Today, Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of farm bill authorized credit programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from a panel of credit institution representatives who gave their perspectives on current credi... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Leadership Calls for Swift Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Yesterday afternoon, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, and Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, encouraging the swift confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue as the nation’s next Secretary of Agriculture. Dear Senators: We wish to congratulate our colleagues on the Senate Committee o... Read more

  • Subcommittee Continues Examination of Farm Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

    Today, Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held a hearing to further examine the effectiveness of farm policy in advance of crafting the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from witnesses who shared the perspectives of the cotton, rice, peanut, canola, and sugar industries on the importance of both commodity policy and crop insurance. This hearing continues the committee’s hearing series... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Reviews the Farm Credit System
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Today the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the Farm Credit System (FCS). Members of the committee heard from representatives of the Farm Credit Administration as well as representatives from institutions that provide credit. The hearing highlighted the century-long mission of FCS to provide credit to rural communities in both good times and bad, and it reviewed the overall health of the system. Congress established the FCS in the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916 at a time when c... Read more

  • National 4-H Conference Delegates Brief Agriculture Committee Members on the Importance of Agriculture in the U.S.
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation in Agriculture, Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a briefing for members featuring National 4-H Conference Delegates. Thirteen young leaders attending the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. delivered a presentation called "The Importance of Agriculture in the United States." "It is an exciting time in agriculture. New technology is constantly on the rise, our population continues to grow, and youth groups are becoming more and more i... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines the Future of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to discuss the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. During the 114th Congress, the committee completed a comprehensive review of SNAP—known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP—which helped members gain a better understanding of the program and the population it serves,... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Farm Policy in Advance of the Next Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

    Today, Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of farm policy in advance of crafting the next farm bill. Members heard from producers who discussed the importance of both commodity policy and crop insurance. This hearing continues the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. “A farm bill is written to be an aid for producers during... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Evaluates Current Dairy Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s series to examine all aspects of the next farm bill. Committee members heard from industry representatives who gave a general overview of the current state of the dairy industry and highlighted some of the challenges they are facing. “While net farm income for the entire agricultural industry has fallen 5... Read more