Press Releases

Mar 13, 2013
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines National Forest System Management and Its Impact on Rural Economies

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to examine how the U.S. Forest Service is managing the National Forest System (NFS) and how this management affects rural communities. The NFS spans 193 million acres in 712 counties across 41 states.

Mar 12, 2013
113th Congress

Lucas Statement on Ryan's Proposed Budget Plan

Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement regarding Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's fiscal year 2014 budget resolution.

Mar 5, 2013
113th Congress

Ag Committee Questions Secretary Vilsack on Plans to Implement the Sequester

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to review the state of the rural economy with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack.

Mar 4, 2013
113th Congress

House Lawmakers Push to End Extra Permit Requirement for Ag Producers

Today, a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced H.R. 935, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. This bill would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the use of pesticides already approved for use under FIFRA.

Feb 28, 2013
113th Congress

Lucas Statement on Failure of Senate Democrats to Pass a Sequester Replacement Bill

Chairman Frank Lucas released the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a replacement bill for the sequester that is slated to take effect March 1.

Feb 26, 2013
113th Congress

Agriculture Committee Adopts Budget Views and Estimates Letter

The House Agriculture Committee adopted the budget views and estimates letter which outlines the committee's budget recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2014.

Feb 25, 2013
113th Congress

Lucas & Peterson Concerned USDA's Report Will Shift Resources Away from Rural Areas

Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson issued the following statement in response to the recent release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report on the various definitions of rural used in programs administered by the agency.

Feb 22, 2013
113th Congress

Hastings, Lucas, Peterson Praise Federal Court Ruling on NOAA’s Salmon Opinion

In a major victory for American agriculture, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling Thursday in the case Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service reaffirming that government decision-making must be based on science and not the misguided agenda of activist groups.

Feb 14, 2013
113th Congress

Lucas Challenges Senate Democrats' Attack On Rural America

Chairman Frank Lucas released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate's proposal to avoid the sequester cuts that are slated to take effect March 1.

Feb 13, 2013
113th Congress

Agriculture Committee Approves Oversight Plan

The House Agriculture Committee approved its oversight plan for the 113th Congress.