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Chair Plaskett Opening Statement at Hearing to Review Implementation of USDA Farm Bill Research Programs

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Chair Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands delivered the following remarks today at the hearing to review implementation of USDA Farm Bill research programs. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good morning and thank you for joining us today as we review USDA’s implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill research progra... Read More »

Chair Fudge: USDA Admits Categorical Eligibility Changes Could Put Free School Meals at Risk for A Million Children

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WASHINGTON (October 16, 2019) – Nearly a million U.S. children would lose direct eligibility for free school meals under the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility, according to an impact analysis released this week by the Agriculture Department. That number is more than twice the original estimates from the Department upon the proposal’s release. Ohio Congr... Read More »

Chairman Costa statement following briefing from USTR Ambassador Doud

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California released the following statement after a briefing from Ambassador Gregg Doud of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative: “I appreciate Ambassador Doud’s visit today and his candor in discussing the range of trade issues impacting our farm and food families nationwide. As I said to him,... Read More »

Witness List: Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

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Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Public Hearing RE: To Review Implementation of USDA Farm Bill Research Programs Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. 1300 Longworth House Office Building WITNESS LIST The Honorable Scott Hutchins, Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Read More »

Peterson Statement on Renewable Fuel Standard Announcement

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“Next week the President is expected to be in Minnesota and I look forward to hearing details about how his EPA will get back to the 15 billion gallons that are promised in law and address the 4 billion gallons lost in waivers that have already been granted. Until we have answers to those questions today’s announcement is just another IOU to struggling farmers and shuttered biofuel plants.” Congre... Read More »

Fudge: White House War on the Poor Continues with Changes to SNAP Standard Utility Allowance

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WASHINGTON – Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, issued a statement Thursday in response to a proposal from the White House that would cut $4.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The change, which involves eliminating state flexibility in administering the Standard Util... Read More »

Chairman Peterson Statement on Delivery of Prevented Planting Assistance

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota issued a statement Thursday in response to news out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the delivery of additional prevented planting assistance, as authorized by the Disaster Relief Act of 2019. “As weather continues to throw wrenches into farmers’ plans, both in Western Minnesota and across the country, I appr... Read More »

Subcommittee Chair Spanberger’s Opening Statement at Hearing on Restoring Forest Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia delivered the following remarks at the hearing on restoring forest infrastructure. [As Prepared for Delivery] "Good Morning, I would like to welcome everyone to this hearing of the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee on The National Forest System: Restoring Our Forest Infrastructure, a c... Read More »

Subcommittee Chairs Fudge and Plaskett Comment on Delayed Reports Due to ERS Staffing Issues

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WASHINGTON - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Departmental Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands released a statement Wednesday following reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service will likely delay a large number of the agency’s ... Read More »

Peterson, Costa Statements on Japan Trade Agreement

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WASHINGTON (September 25, 2019) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California issued the following statements Tuesday on the release of details contained in a tariff reduction agreement between the United States and Japan. Chairman Peterson “The past two years have underscored just how i... Read More »

Vela, Costa Opening Statements at Hearing to Review the Implementation of Federal Farm and Disaster Programs

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Chairman Filemon Vela of Texas, and Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California delivered the following remarks during a joint hearing today to review the implementation and capacity of several key programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to aid farmers,... Read More »

House Ag Democratic Leadership Supports Funding for Farmers

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Filemon Vela, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities; Jim Costa, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture; and Collin Peterson, Chairman of House Agriculture Committee are leading efforts to secure the inclusion of language in the continuing resolution (CR) which would allow USDA to move forward with the recently announced Market Facilit... Read More »

Chair Fudge: Public Charge Changes “Discrimination in Regulatory Form”

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CLEVELAND (August 12, 2019) – Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations in a statement Monday blasted the Administration’s rewrite of the nation’s “public charge” rule. The announced changes will allow federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who have received—or are deemed by the Administration likely to a... Read More »

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