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Peterson Urges GSA Administrator to Proceed with Collaborative Transition

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WASHINGTON (November 23, 2020) – Citing impacts to farmers, ranchers, and consumers from delays in the transition process, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota wrote to General Services Administrator Emily Murphy Monday urging the agency to proceed with a collaborative transition with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. “The inability of President... Read More »

Costa Leads Effort to Protect Access to Overseas Markets for American Food Producers

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(FRESNO, CA) - In an effort to ensure American farmers and food producers continue to have access to fair trade rules and the movement of products overseas, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa (CA-16), joined by 111 of his colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter calling on the Administration to protect common food and wine terms in future trade discussions. "American fam... Read More »

Chair Fudge Statement on Court Ruling Striking Down USDA's Attempt to Strip SNAP Away for ABAWDs

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WASHINGTON (October 19, 2020)- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight Marcia Fudge released the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rule to strip Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits away from able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). "I am pleased the Distri... Read More »

Chairman Peterson Statement on World Food Day

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WASHINGTON (October 16, 2020)- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson released the following statement in honor of World Food Day: "Food is crucial to domestic and global security. This year’s World Food Day come as our food system is under a lot of stress. We’ve seen farmers, farm workers, ranchers, and food workers rise to the challenges of a pandemic, flooding, wildfires, storms, ... Read More »

Peterson Welcomes Announcement of CRP Payments to Producers

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WASHINGTON (October 15, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson released the following statement Thursday in response to an announcement that USDA will issue $1.68 billion in payments to farmers through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as part of the Department’s implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: “When penciling out a balance sheet, ag producers and landowners cou... Read More »

Fudge, Nutrition Subcommittee Members Demand Information, Documents from USDA on Mismanagement, Political Nature of Food Box Program

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WASHINGTON (October 9, 2020) – House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Departmental Operations Subcommittee Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio and her fellow members of the panel sent a letter Friday demanding answers from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on a range of issues and questions to which USDA has yet to respond to the Committee. In particular, Fudge and her fellow members raised concer... Read More »

Costa Statement on UN World Food Programme Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

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(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, issued the following statement in response to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme: “As I’ve long said, food security is national security, and today’s announcement emphasizes the important connection between stamping out global hunger and strivin... Read More »

Chair Spanberger Closing Statement at Hearing on the Challenges and Successes of Conservation Programs in 2020

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia delivered the closing statement following today's hearing on the challenges and successes of conservation programs in 2020. [As Prepared for Delivery] "This conversation has been enlightening especially as we look to conservation to solve the resource challenges presented by a rapidly chang... Read More »

Agriculture Committee Leadership Presses Perdue on Diversity Trainings at USDA

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WASHINGTON (October 1, 2020) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Thursday, the Chairs of all six House Agriculture Subcommittees, led by Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, expressed grave concerns over a recent directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget prohibiting federal funds from being used for diversity training f... Read More »

Chair Spanberger Opening Statement at Hearing on the Challenges and Successes of Conservation Programs in 2020

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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 the challenges and successes of conservation programs in 2020. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing on the Challenges and Successes of Conservation Programs in 2020. "I hesitate to say, “in these unpr... Read More »

Chair Spanberger Statement Following 2020 Wildfires Hearing

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia delivered the following statement on today's hearing on 2020 wildfires, response and recovery. [As Prepared for Delivery] "How we come together to help our Western states respond to, recover from, and rebuild stronger can be a defining act in these times. In addition to our important conver... Read More »

Chair Spanberger Opening Statement at Hearing on 2020 Wildfires

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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 2020 wildfires, response and recovery. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Thank you for joining us here in Washington and online today for this critical hearing on the wildfires ravaging the Western United States. We’ve all seen the footage f... Read More »

Witness List RE: “The 2020 Wildfire Year: Response and Recovery Efforts”

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Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Hybrid Public Hearing RE: “The 2020 Wildfire Year: Response and Recovery Efforts” Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:00 p.m. *NOTE: **House Office Buildings are closed to the public. The hearing will be broadcast live via YouTube for press and the public.** WITNESS LIST Mr. John Phipps, Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, U.S. Department of Agricultur... Read More »

Peterson Weighs in on Second CFAP Program from USDA

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WASHINGTON (September 19, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota responded Saturday to the introduction of the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, citing progress for several different groups of farmers, but work yet to be done to help all producers impacted by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic... Read More »

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 »

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