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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 »

Chairman Peterson, Secretary Perdue Speak on Pandemic Response; Committee Unveils Online Hub for Response Resources

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WASHINGTON (March 31, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke by phone today to discuss the status of the Federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, and in particular those elements of the Federal response that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and consumers. “I had the chance this afternoon to speak with Secre... Read More »

Peterson Welcomes Announcement of General CRP Acreage Enrollment

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WASHINGTON (March 26, 2020) - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota welcomed news Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will accept more than 3.4 million acres in the recently completed General Sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 2018 Farm Bill increased the nationwide acreage limit for CRP with the total numbe... Read More »

Chairman Peterson Statement on National Ag Day

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson released the following statement today in honor of National Ag Day: “Today is National Ag Day, and in communities across the country, our national emergency has made all of us more aware than ever of how important the people who produce, distribute, cook, and sell our food are to the health and well-being of all Americans. We on t... Read More »

Peterson: Agriculture and Food “Absolutely Critical” in Fighting Pandemic

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WASHINGTON (March 20, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed the designation of agriculture, including food production, distribution, and retail, as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security in an announcement made by the DHS on Thursday. The announcement allows those along the food and agriculture supply chain to continue operating to meet the n... Read More »

Peterson Welcomes Added Flexibility for Ethanol Producers, Motor Carriers

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WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed two announcements from the Federal government that would expand flexibility in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. Public guidance issued Wednesday from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gives added flexibility for alcohol fuel plants and beverage distilled spirits plants to shift to th... Read More »

Chair Fudge on Coronavirus Response: CR-SNAP will Provide Stability

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WASHINGTON – Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, welcomed the inclusion of the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or CR-SNAP, in legislation to speed the response and availability of resources as the Federal government tackles the expanding coronavirus pandemic: “As we work to ... Read More »

Chairman Costa Opening Statement at Hearing on Stakeholder Perspectives on Agricultural Trade

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California delivered the following statement at today's hearing on stakeholder perspectives on agricultural trade. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing on trade from the perspectives of the people actually growing, raising, and selling agricultural products. "Tra... Read More »

Chairman Peterson Opening Statement at Business Meeting to Consider the Letter on Budget Views and Estimates

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson delivered the following opening statement at today's business meeting to consider the letter on budget views and estimates. [As Prepared for Delivery] "We’re here today to consider the Committee’s budget views and estimates for fiscal year 2021 as required by the Congressional Budget Act and in compliance with House Rules. "This shou... Read More »

Fudge on USDA SNAP Employment and Training Announcement

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WASHINGTON (March 9, 2020) – Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thursday announcement on pending publication of a proposed rule to modify employment and training programs for recipients of benefits under the Supplemental N... Read More »

Peterson Comments on Hearing to Review the State of the Farm Economy

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Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing to review the state of the farm economy. Welcome also to our witness, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who will talk about where he sees the farm economy going in the coming year, as well as what’s going on over at the Department. Today we are also welcoming the newest member of the committee. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small from New Mexico’s secon... Read More »

Torres Small To Serve On House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON- The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee announced Thursday the placement of Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico to the House Agriculture Committee. “I am pleased to welcome Rep. Torres Small to the Agriculture Committee. She knows rural issues firsthand, and we are lucky to have her perspective and experience,” said Chairman Collin Peterson. “Coming from a rural, border distri... Read More »

Chair Spanberger Opening Statement at Hearing on Innovative Wood Products

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia delivered the following statement at today's hearing on innovative wood products. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good Morning, welcome and thank you all for joining us here today to discuss a very important topic - innovation in the wood products industry, and what it means for rural prosperit... Read More »

Schedule Advisory

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AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE SCHEDULE Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 10:00AM 1300 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing RE: “Innovative Wood Products: Promoting Rural Economies and Healthy Forests” Read More »

Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Scott Following Meeting with European Financial Regulatory Body

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WASHINGTON (February 13, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee’s Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee Chair David Scott and Ranking Member Austin Scott, both of Georgia, issued the following statement Thursday after meeting with financial market regulators from the European Commission (EC) to discuss new amendments to the European Union’s European Market Infrastructure Regulations (E... Read More »

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