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Fudge Calls Out USDA Following GAO Report on Lopsided MFP Payments

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio issued a statement Tuesday following a Government Accountability Office report outlining discrepancies in the levels of payments made to producers from different states and of different commodities as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program. ... Read More »

Provisions of Peterson’s Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act Advance in the House of Representatives

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(Washington, D.C.) - Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released the text of legislation containing the provisions of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson’s Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4447 the week of September 21st. “In recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted dozens of small refinery exemptions,... Read More »

Peterson Statement on Brazilian Government's Tariff Rate Quota on U.S. Ethanol

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson released the following statement regarding the situation with United States ethanol imports to Brazil: "American corn and ethanol producers are struggling to access domestic markets because of the coronavirus and the Environmental Protection Agency's reckless implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard," said Peterson. "Brazil's mo... Read More »

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Presses USDA on Organic Certification Cost Share Changes

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WASHINGTON (August 26, 2020) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, Chairwoman Stacey E. Plaskett of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research ; Committee members Rodney Davis of Illinois and Anthony Brindisi of New York; and Congressman Dan Newhouse of Washington expressed strong concern with recently announced changes to the Farm Servic... Read More »

Peterson Questions Data and Methodology Used in Making USDA CFAP Payments

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WASHINGTON (August 21, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota sent a letter Friday urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to clarify how USDA determined the eligibility of different crops and livestock and poultry species for payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP. In the letter, the lawmakers contend that the data used by the Departme... Read More »

Peterson, Group of Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge Enforcement of Dairy Provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

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WASHINGTON (August 13, 2020)- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota led a letter along with Reps. Kind, Reed, Thompson (PA), Brindisi, Fulcher, Torres Small, and Gonzalez (OH) on the implementation of dairy provisions in the USMCA. The letter was signed by 104 Members of Congress. “As we see the USMCA dairy provisions implemented, we expect Canada and Mexico to be he... Read More »

Chairwoman Plaskett, Democratic subcommittee members send letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressing concerns about CFAP

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WASHINGTON (August 7, 2020)- In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Chair Stacey E. Plaskett, and the Democratic Members of the Subcommittee expressed concern about the inadequacies of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in providing critical support to the specialty crop industry. In the letter, the ... Read More »

Peterson, Conaway ask USDA to Analyze Cattle and Beef Supply Chains

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WASHINGTON- (August 7, 2020) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway of Texas sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today, urging him to work with university policy research centers to analyze issues related to the cattle industry, especially in light of the recent and ongoing stress related to COVI... Read More »

Costa, Rouzer, Peterson, Conaway Lead Letter to USDA Requesting Aid for Sheep, Lamb Producers

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WASHINGTON (August 5, 2020) - In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today, House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California and Ranking Member David Rouzer of North Carolina, joined by Full Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway of Texas, and 17 other Members, urged the U.S. Department of Agric... Read More »

Fudge Condemns Senate, White House for Abandoning Hungry Families

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WASHINGTON (July 29, 2020) – Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations slammed the Senate’s proposed coronavirus relief legislation announced on Monday for its lack of funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as more Americans lose their jobs and fall into food insecurity. Fudge also cr... Read More »

Costa Statement on Roundtable Discussion with Chief Agriculture Negotiator Doud

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House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa released the following statement after today’s roundtable with USTR Chief Agriculture Negotiator Gregg Doud. “Farmers, ranchers, and dairymen and women are suffering greatly as a result of this pandemic, which has hit American agriculture hard. With many of our commodity prices in the tank, it is crucial that we... Read More »

Fudge, Nutrition Subcommittee Members Introduce Legislation to Extend SNAP Waiver Flexibility

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WASHINGTON (July 27, 2020) – New legislation introduced today by House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio and her fellow subcommittee members would allow states to extend administrative flexibilities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , authorized by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). F... Read More »

Rep. Scott Discusses Renewable Energy Production and the Impact on Rural Income

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Chairman David Scott provided the following statement during the House Agriculture Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee Hearing on farm energy productions and their impact on income and rural communities. “Renewable energy has been hailed as a driver of income equality for black and rural farmers. It has proven to reduce energy costs, and it is a significant... Read More »

Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing On Farm Energy Production: Impacts on Farm Income and Rural Communities

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WASHINGTON (July 23, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Chairman David Scott of Georgia delivered the following remarks at today’s hearing on farm energy production: impacts on farm income and rural communities. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good morning and thank you for joining us at the first hybrid hearing of the Subcommittee on Commodity ... Read More »

Spanberger Welcomes Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

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WASHINGTON (July 22, 2020) – House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia welcomed passage today of the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation that among other items sets aside funding to address billions in deferred maintenance across the country’s National Forests. “Approximately 66 million Americans in more than 3,000 communities depend on F... Read More »

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