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  • Conaway Statement on Scott Pruitt Confirmation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today the Senate approved the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement. "I am pleased with today's confirmation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt," said Chairman Conaway. "For too long, farmers and ranchers have suffered from unnecessary, burdensome regulations as a result of EPA overreach. Administrator Pruitt understands that farmers and ranchers are the original, and bes... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Considers Pros and Cons to Restricting SNAP Purchases
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore the implications of restricting what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed the challenges of implementing product restrictions, the need for encouraging healthy purchasing habits, and the role that incentives and nutrition education can play in changing consumer behavior. “Nearly 43 million Americans depend on SNAP to p... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee approves two measures
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today the House Agriculture Committee approved two measures regarding the regulation of pesticides. H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or around waters of the United States. A 2009 court decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erroneously applied the provisions of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to pesticide applicatio... Read more

  • Conaway praises new initiative aimed at clarifying product date labels
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Food Transparency

    Today, the grocery industry announced a nationwide effort to clear up consumer confusion regarding date labels on food packaging as part of an overarching effort to combat food waste. The initiative will streamline the phrasing used on food date labels by replacing over ten existing forms with two standard phrases. Most products will bear a “BEST If Used By” label that connotes peak quality. Highly perishable foods and those that become less safe to eat over time will bear a “USE By” label. The ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Prepares for Farm Bill by Exploring Economic Outlook in Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Farm Bill

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the economic challenges facing rural America. Members heard from several witnesses who highlighted these factors, including low farm commodity prices, declining net farm income, tightening credit conditions, a strong dollar, and unfair trade practices by foreign competitors. “There is real potential for a crisis in rural America,” said Chairman K. Michael Conaway. “Net farm income for America's farmers and ranchers has fallen 50 per... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Announces Subcommittee Assignments
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) announced subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. “From promoting a strong farm safety net to rolling back burdensome regulations on our producers, our subcommittees will play an integral role as this committee goes to work this Congress. The diverse background of my talented colleagues will be instrumental in crafting the next farm bill, and I look forward to working with each of these dedicated advocates,” Conaway said. ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Holds Organizational Meeting, Approves Rules for 115th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee met to formally organize and adopt the committee’s rules for the 115th Congress. “I am very excited to get to work crafting policies that will benefit America’s farmers and ranchers with the help of my esteemed colleagues this Congress. They each bring a different perspective to the table, which will be instrumental as we dive into writing the next farm bill. I look forward to the journey ahead as we work to promote and strengthen rural America,” said Chair... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Promotes Schertz, Fischer
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) announced two key promotions at the committee. Matt Schertz, who currently serves as Policy Director, will become the Staff Director following the departure of Scott Graves later this month. In addition, Bart Fischer will be appointed Deputy Staff Director while continuing to serve as Chief Economist. “For the past 15 years, Matt has served America’s farmers and ranchers in a variety of roles in Washington, DC,” Conaway said. ... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Statement on Nomination of Former Governor Sonny Perdue for USDA Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement upon the announcement of President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture. "Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. However, America's farmers and ranchers are facing difficult times under current farm conditions, and they deserve a Secretary who will work diligently to turn those tides. As we begin working on the next Farm Bill... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Disappointed in Organic Animal Welfare Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service release of its new organic animal welfare standards. "I am disappointed to see yet another controversial rule pushed through during the final hours of the Obama administration. Not only do animal welfare standards go beyond the scope of the National Organic Program, the requirements regarding expanded outdoor access for ... Read more