Committee Holds Hearing to Review Domestic Policies Affecting Specialty Crop Industry

Nov 5, 2003

WASHINGTON , DC - Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8), the Chairman of the U.S. House Livestock and Horticulture Agriculture Subcommittee, today held a hearing to review domestic policies affecting the specialty crop industry. The Committee heard from representatives of the fruit and vegetable sector. A witness list can be found at the bottom of this release.

"Today's hearing covers the gamut of domestic policies that affect the U.S. produce industry from conservation, research, and market access to marketing orders and risk management tools," said Hayes. "The Livestock and Horticulture Subcommittee held this hearing in order to hear from witnesses on a variety of critical issues including implementation of programs in the 2002 farm bill, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the 2001 economic assistance package which included specialty crop state block grants."

"I am hopeful that this hearing will be similar to the hearings conducted when the Committee was working on the 2002 farm bill, and serve as a beginning template for the next farm bill discussions," Hayes concluded.

Witness List
•Mr. Ed E. Raak, Producer, South Haven, Michigan , on behalf of Michigan Farm Bureau
•Mr. John M. McClung, President and CEO, Texas Produce Association, Mission , Texas
•Mr. Glenn Abbett, Producer, Porter County , Indiana
•Mr. Matthew M. McInerney, Executive Vice President, Western Growers Association, Newport Beach , California
•Ms. Katherine A. Means, Vice President of Issues Management, Produce Marketing Association, Newark , Delaware
•Mr. Joel Nelsen, President, California Citrus Mutual, Exeter , California
•Mr. Squire Smith, President, Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland , Florida
•Mr. Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, Washington , D.C.