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.
Chairman Launches Web-Based Farm Bill Feedback Form
GREELEY, CO – Today Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced the launch of a web-based farm bill feedback form on the House Committee on Agriculture website. The announcement was made at a farm bill field hearing in Greeley, Colorado early this morning. The web-based form allows producers throughout the nation to provide the Committee with feedback about current farm policy as well as input about the future of farm policy.
“Farm bill policy directly impacts the lives of America’s farmers and ranchers; therefore, if we really want to know how farm policy works in practice, it makes sense to hear directly from our producers. We’ve had the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of producers through our field hearings and this information is helpful to the Committee as we prepare to consider the farm bill reauthorization next year. We also understand that there are many other producers that we haven’t heard from and this feedback form will hopefully garner feedback from broad range of producers. By having a web-based feedback form, producers everywhere will have the opportunity to provide the Committee with their thoughts and input about future farm policy,” said Chairman Goodlatte.
The Committee is conducting field hearings throughout the country to gather feedback from producers and review current farm policy in preparation for reauthorizing the 2002 Farm Bill. The 2002 Farm Bill expires September 2007 and Chairman Goodlatte expects to begin the farm bill debate in early 2007. To date, the Committee has convened five field hearings in various regions of the country including North Carolina, Alabama, California, Nebraska and Colorado. The sixth field hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in San Angelo, Texas. The Chairman intends to conduct roughly a dozen field hearings, as well as hearings in Washington, DC, to review federal farm policy.
The form can be accessed at www.agriculture.house.gov and clicking on the Farm Bill Feedback icon. The information submitted to the Committee via the website will not be part of the Congressional Record, but will be shared with Members of the House Committee on Agriculture.