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Peterson Statement at Hearing to Review American Agriculture and Our National Security

For Immediate Release: November 04, 2015

Media Contact: Liz Friedlander, 202-225-1564

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson
American Agriculture and Our National Security

--As Prepared for Delivery--

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. And I’d like to welcome today’s witnesses to the Agriculture Committee.

A strong agriculture sector and stable food supply is critical to national security. And agriculture has an important role to play when it comes to our country’s national security interests, something I don’t think a lot of people really understand.

Today’s hearing will allow us to examine the threats and any vulnerability to agriculture and the economic impact these could have. I have particular interest in HPAI and look forward to discussing this and other threats.

With that, I yield back, Mr. Chairman.”