Subcommittee examines implications of potential retaliation against U.S. in response to COOL

“We could be looking at substantial retaliatory sanctions against agriculture and a variety of other industries,” Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer said.
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Agriculture Committee advances bill to protect producers from duplicative regulations and permit requirements

The House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015.
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Agriculture Committee Examines the Cost and Impacts of States Implementing Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

The House Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws.
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Subcommittee reviews definition of “waters of the United States” proposed rule and its impact on rural America

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.
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Chairman Conaway Statement on Senators' COOL Bill

Jul 23, 2015 Press Release

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.

House Passes H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Jul 23, 2015 Press Release

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a vote of 275-150. The bill, authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) was approved by the House Agriculture Committee on July 14, 2015, by voice vote.

Secretary Vilsack testifies before Agriculture Committee on agency oversight and accountability

Jul 22, 2015 Press Release

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to conduct general oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified, taking questions from committee members on various programs and projects the department manages and executes. Members referenced reports by USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong (OIG) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway: Oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jul 22, 2015 Opening Statements

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Country of Origin Labeling

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First adopted in the 2002 Farm Bill, COOL has since been challenged in the World Trade Organization (WTO) by Canada and Mexico, main livestock exporters to the U.S., four times.

Biotechnology

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Many scientists and farmers are optimistic about the prospects of using advances in agricultural biotechnology to improve production, nutritional content, tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, and resistance to disease and pests.

CFTC Reauthorization

House of Representatices

The Commodity End-User Relief Act ensures robust markets, customer protections, and a balanced approach to regulations impacting job creators.

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This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Austin Scott discusses, H.R.935, one of the many regulatory relief measures included in H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.

Jul 25, 2013

This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Stephen Fincher discusses one of the many regulatory relief measures included in H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.

Jul 19, 2013

This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Rick Crawford discusses one of the many regulatory relief measures included in H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.