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Fudge, Costa, and Plaskett Push USDA for Answers on Food Box Contracts

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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2020) - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chair Jim Costa, and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey Plaskett formally requested information from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Thursday on USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Bo... Read More »

Fudge: USDA Ignores Need, Will Crack Down on SNAP Work Rules Anyway

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WASHINGTON (May 13, 2020) – Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture appeal yesterday of the nationwide stay on its rule to impose additional work requirements on certain recipients of benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio released a statement calling o... Read More »

In the Absence of Leadership from the White House, Congress Must Lead on Testing

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In a statement Monday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Subcommittee Chairs Filemon Vela of Texas and Jim Costa of California, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, called for the investment of $250 billion in testing for coronavirus in the next pandemic legislative aid package, including the prioritization of tests for frontline food and agricultura... Read More »

Peterson Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Asking for FEMA Help on Livestock Depopulation, Disposal

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WASHINGTON (May 8, 2020) – In a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump Friday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota urged the Administration to provide guidance on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency can help farmers depopulate and dispose of livestock following the closure of meatpacking plants due to coronavirus outbreaks and worker safety concerns. Join... Read More »

House Ag Subcommittee Chairs Fudge, Costa, Plaskett Introduce Legislation to Better Connect Farmers, Food Banks

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WASHINGTON (May 8, 2020) – House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairs Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Jim Costa of California and Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands unveiled legislation Friday that will help streamline the donation of food by farmers to food banks across the country as it confronts growing hunger related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Farm to Food Bank Enhancement Act would provide $25... Read More »

Peterson Statement on Task Force to Protect Worker Safety and Re-Open Meatpacking Facilities

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WASHINGTON (April 30, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson issued a statement supporting efforts to create local task forces to provide a framework to safely and efficiently reopen meatpacking facilities in a way that protects worker health and safety and begins to reduce the backup of hogs for processing in Minnesota and nationwide. Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota is conven... Read More »

Peterson, Conaway Congratulate USTR’s Bomer Lauritsen on her Retirement

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Ranking Member Michael Conaway released the following statements congratulating Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, on her retirement. “Congratulations to Sharon on her retirement. Her tireless efforts at the USTR have secured better deals for farmers and ... Read More »

Costa Statement on President Trump's Meat Processing Executive Order

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California released the following statement following President Trump's executive order to keep meat processing plants open: "In carrying out this executive order the Administration must ensure the health and safety of workers and provide all the resources necessary to do so. Our beef, pork, and p... Read More »

Peterson, Conaway Mark 200th Anniversary of House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON (April 29, 2020) - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway of Texas, issued a statement Wednesday commemorating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the House Committee on Agriculture. On April 29, 1820, Congressman Lewis Williams of North Carolina introduced a resolution to the House to create a committee to overs... Read More »

Costa Pushes USDA on Inspector Safety

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House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California sent a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in the wake of the second death of a USDA meat inspector due to COVID-19. Costa raised concerns about a directive issued on April 9, 2020, requiring Federal inspectors to find or make their own masks and face coverings, and commit... Read More »

Peterson Urges Pence, Coronavirus Task Force to Address Challenge facing Hog Farmers

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WASHINGTON (April 23, 2020) – In a letter Thursday to Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House Coronavirus Task Force, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson called on the Federal government to address the building stress and challenges facing the nation’s pork producers. “Because of COVID-19, many of America’s pork producers have no access to processing and have no c... Read More »

Peterson Statement on Final Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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WASHINGTON (April 21, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota issued the following statement Tuesday following the finalization of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a replacement for the former "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Since the first inception of this rule, I’ve worked to secure changes to it with the g... Read More »

Peterson: USDA Should Up Commodity Purchases to Help Farmers, Foodbanks

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WASHINGTON (April 14, 2020) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday morning, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota urged the Administration to maximize the purchase of agricultural commodities for donation and distribution to aid hungry Americans and struggling farmers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The pictures and video of milk being ... Read More »

Peterson Announces Hiring of Chu-Yuan Hwang as Senior Counsel

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson announced the hiring of Chu-Yuan Hwang as Senior Counsel for the Committee. Hwang previously worked as an attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at USDA, providing legal advice on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other domestic nutrition assistance programs. In 2018, Hwang served as a legislative detailee to the Senat... Read More »

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