Press Releases

Jun 3, 2015
114th Congress

Committee on Agriculture Reviews Agricultural Subsidies in Foreign Countries

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to review rising foreign agriculture subsidies. Members of the Committee heard from Dr. Darren Hudson, Director of the International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness (ICAC) at Texas Tech University, and Craig A. Thorn, partner at DTB Associates, LLP in Washington, DC. Hudson and Thorn testified concerning the scope and nature of foreign agriculture subsidies, the harm they cause U.S. farmers and ranchers, the U.S. economy, and jobs, and the need for the U.S. government to ensure that foreign competitors are brought into compliance with their trade commitments.

Jun 2, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee Reviews the Financial Health of Farm Country

Today, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, held a public hearing to review the financial health of farm country. With significantly lower commodity prices, net farm income has decreased substantially over the past two years. This impacts not only farmers and ranchers but also farm equipment dealers, agricultural input suppliers, main street businesses, and local lending institutions—essentially all of rural America. Members of the subcommittee heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the current conditions farmers and ranchers are facing as well as the importance of maintaining a strong farm safety net.

May 27, 2015
114th Congress

Reps. Conaway and Thompson Slam Administration’s WOTUS Rule

House Committee on Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers final “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. This rule further obscures the original intent of the Clean Water Act (CWA) by significantly expanding waters subject to federal jurisdiction.

May 20, 2015
114th Congress

Nutrition Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Review Duplication and Areas of Unmet Needs in Government Nutrition Programs

Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing on duplication and unmet needs in government nutrition programs. The subcommittee heard from researchers and practitioners who have first-hand experience of how the many federal nutrition programs serve families in need of assistance. The repeated theme among the panel was a need for greater administrative efficiency to ensure that target populations continued to be served. This hearing is part of the committee’s ongoing review of the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP, currently known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and formerly referred to as food stamps.

May 20, 2015
114th Congress

House Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for Beef, Pork, and Chicken

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, by a recorded vote of 38-6. A combination of 68 Democrats and Republicans joined Chairman K. Michael Conaway in introducing this bipartisan bill that will effectively repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.

May 20, 2015
114th Congress

House Ag Committee Approves H.R. 2394, The National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015, by voice vote. Introduced by Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chairman Glenn Thompson (PA-5), this bipartisan bill will reauthorize the National Forest Foundation Act so the Foundation is able to have the resources to continue its work to ensure U.S. national forests and grasslands are maintained.

May 19, 2015
114th Congress

A targeted response to avoid retaliation: Bipartisan press conference in opposition of COOL

Today, House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products. Chairman Conaway and his colleagues held a bipartisan press conference with representatives from industries that are targets of retaliation by Canada and Mexico.

May 19, 2015
114th Congress

ICYMI: Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit

The World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. for the fourth and final time in an ongoing dispute between the United States, Canada and Mexico regarding the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program. Retaliation by Canada and Mexico will soon become a reality, meaning economically devastating tariffs on a broad spectrum of U.S. exports, from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture and biofuels. Ripple effects will be felt in nearly every industry, every state and every consumer’s wallet. This is why COOL for beef, pork and chicken — nothing more than a failed government experiment— must be repealed.

May 18, 2015
114th Congress

WTO rules against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements

Today, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ruled against the United States’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat, upholding the compliance panel’s report in finding against the United States. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement upon the WTO’s announcement.

May 14, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson Call on HHS and USDA to Outline DGAC Comment Review Process

Today, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

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