Press Releases

Mar 24, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee examines reauthorization of the CFTC

Today, Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee, held a public hearing to examine the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the challenges end-users face as they use these markets.

Mar 24, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee Examines the Cost and Impacts of States Implementing Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

Issues: Biotechnology

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. In 2014, 125 bills mandating the labeling of biotechnology were introduced in 30 different states.

Mar 20, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway Statement on the Announcement of Historic 2014 Farm Bill SNAP Work Pilots

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) pilot projects designed to help recipients prepare for and go to work. The pilot projects were authorized under Section 4022 of the bipartisan Agricultural Act of 2014.

Mar 19, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee advances bill to protect producers from duplicative regulations and permit requirements

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 111th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 112th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States.

Mar 18, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee highlights importance of trade to U.S. agriculture

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the importance of trade to U.S. agriculture.

Mar 17, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway responds to announcement of short-term DGAC comment period extension

At a hearing this morning of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Under Secretary for Agriculture Kevin Concannon indicated that the Department would grant a short-term 30 day comment period extension for the report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Mar 17, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee reviews definition of “waters of the United States” proposed rule and its impact on rural America

Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, held a public hearing to review the definition of “waters of the United States” proposed rule and its impact on rural America.

Feb 26, 2015
114th Congress

Nutrition Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Review SNAP Recipient Characteristics and Dynamics

Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a public hearing to review the characteristics and dynamics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

Feb 25, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee Begins Full Review of the SNAP

Today the House Committee on Agriculture began a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Committee heard from University of Maryland welfare scholar Doug Besharov on the past, present, and future of the nation's largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

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