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  • House Agriculture Committee Approves Budget Letter Amidst Bleak Economic Outlook in Farm Country
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Agriculture sent its Budget Views and Estimates Letter for Fiscal Year 2018 to the House Budget Committee. In the letter, Committee members urged Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black to consider the estimated $104 billion in savings from the current farm bill, more than four times what had previously been pledged, and the fact that these savings are being achieved amidst a bleak, and worsening, economic outlook in farm country. At the business meeting, House Agricu... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Applauds Trump Administration’s Action on WOTUS
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to President Trump ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin dismantling their controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Over the past eight years, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have repeatedly ignored the concerns of our nation’s farmers and ranchers in their quest to implement the WOTUS rule. I applaud President ... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines International Market Development
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

    Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing to examine the international market development programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service. Members heard from a variety of witnesses in the agricultural industry who discussed the critical nature of these programs in increasing and enhancing access to overseas markets. The hearing was a continuatio... Read more

  • Subcommittee evaluates the effectiveness of conservation programs
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation, 2014 Farm Bill , Conservation and Forestry

    Today, Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held the first hearing in a series designed to set the stage for the next farm bill. The subcommittee heard from a panel of witnesses, including farmers and ranchers, who shared their perspectives on the effectiveness of the conservation policies in the Agricultural Act of 2014 and implementation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I have seen our nation’s voluntary conse... Read more

  • 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: 2014 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