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Peterson Welcomes Food and Ag Provisions of COVID Relief Compromise

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WASHINGTON - On Monday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota announced the food and agriculture provisions of the latest COVID relief deal moving through the House and Senate this week. In addition to a 15 percent increase in benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for six months, Peterson pointed specifically to the inclusion... Read More »

Fudge Slams Administration for Appealing ABAWD Ruling

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio reacted Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) appeal of a federal district court ruling striking down the Trump Administration’s rule to strip Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits away from able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). ... Read More »

Peterson Congratulates Vilsack, Fudge on Cabinet Nominations

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WASHINGTON (December 9, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota congratulated Tom Vilsack and Marcia Fudge, candidates for the top jobs at the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development respectively, on the announcements of their nominations by President-Elect Joe Biden Thursday. “I was fortunate to work with Tom Vilsack for eight years duri... Read More »

Peterson, Costa Welcome USTR Consultation on TRQs on Canadian Dairy

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WASHINGTON – In response to an announcement today that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will begin consultations on the enforcement of Canada's tariff rate quota (TRQ) allocations for imported dairy products, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California welcomed the news in a stateme... Read More »

Chair Plaskett Statement Following Hearing on 1890 Land Grant Institutions

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WASHINGTON (December 9, 2020) - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey E. Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands delivered these remarks following today's subcommittee hearing on 1890 Land Grant universities: [As Prepared for Delivery] "We can all agree that our students are of primary concern as we work through this pandemic. Our next generation of f... Read More »

Vice Chair Adams Statement at Hearing on 1890 Land Grant Institutions

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Vice Chair Dr. Alma Adams of North Carolina delivered the following opening remarks before a hearing of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Wednesday on issues impacting the nation's 1890 Land Grant Institutions. [As Prepared for Delivery] "I’m grateful for the strong leadership of the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and R... Read More »

Peterson Unveils Legislation to Expand CRP to 50 Million Acres

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WASHINGTON (December 3, 2020) – In a press conference Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota announced the introduction of H.R. 8843, which makes an additional 25 million acres available over the next five years for general signup under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Instead of a cap, the bill establishes a minimum floor of 50 million CRP acres nationw... Read More »

Peterson Congratulates Incoming House Ag Chairman David Scott

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WASHINGTON (December 3, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota congratulated incoming Committee Chairman David Scott of Georgia following his election to the position by the House Democratic Caucus Thursday: “Congratulations to David Scott on his election as the next Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and as the first African-American to serve in that ro... Read More »

Peterson, Roberts, Conaway and Lucas to Reflect on Time in Congress, Ag Committee’s 200 Years

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WASHINGTON (December 3, 2020) – House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman and former House Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas, and former House Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway of Texas and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma will sit down Friday, December 4, for a discussion of their time in Congress and reflection on the 200th An... Read More »

Chair Plaskett Statement on Roundtable with Small-Scale and Organic Stakeholders

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey E. Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands issued the following statement after hosting a roundtable with small-scale and organic stakeholders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19: “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of our daily lives. This is particularly true for ou... Read More »

Peterson Welcomes Grain Standards Reauthorization

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WASHINGTON (December 2, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota welcomed passage Wednesday of S.4054, the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 in a statement on the House floor: “The inspections provided by the Federal Grain Inspection Service define and classify grains as well as assign grades to specify weight and quality requirements, and these inspectio... Read More »

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 »

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