Press Releases

  • Chairman Conaway Announces New Staff Hire
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) announced that Jennifer Tiller will join the committee as Professional Staff for nutrition and welfare issues. Tiller, a native of Syracuse, New York, has been working in Washington, D.C. since 2012 as the Director of America Works of Washington, D.C., where her attention was devoted to program operations, public policy, and contract and grant acquisition. Prior to that, Tiller worked in a similar capacity for America Works of... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway: “China’s predatory practices harming U.S. producers”
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in regard to an announcement today by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the U.S. will request a Dispute Settlement Panel against China concerning that nation’s $100 billion in excess subsidies—in a single year—for corn, rice, and wheat. USTR also announced that the U.S. will pursue enforcement action against China for its illegal Tariff Rate Quota administration which has ha... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Disappointed with USDA’s Midnight Rule-making
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of three controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules—one interim final rule and two proposed rules that will be open for a 60-day public comment period. The release follows a November 15th letter from Leader McCarthy and House Committee Chairmen cautioning the current Administration “against finalizing pending rules or regulations in the Administration’s last days” and warning of Congre... Read more

  • Conaway Commends USDA for Changing SNAP Retailer Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule implementing the SNAP retailer provisions in Section 4002 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. This provision was intended to improve access to healthy food, particularly when an individual has limited access to large grocery stores. The proposed rule—released February 17, 2016—garnered significant criticism for drastically exceeding the ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Examines Recruitment Challenges and Scholarship Opportunities of 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation in Agriculture

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore recruitment challenges and scholarship opportunities in 1890 Land-Grant Universities. As a network of historically black colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunity for all through innovative scientific research and community-minded extension programs, the 1890 Land Grant universities have a long history of making significant contributions to agricultural higher education. According to a report issued i... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Unveils SNAP Report
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) unveiled a new report summarizing the committee’s two-year review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Committee members heard from 60 witnesses in 16 hearings over the course of the review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report can be viewed here. SNAP has grown from a pilot program that served just 500,000 people in 1964 to a program that served more than 47 million Americans at the he... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Statement on CFTC's Position Limits Proposed Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a re-proposed rule on position limits. “I want to thank Chairman Massad and his fellow commissioners for reproposing the position limits rulemaking. The Committee on Agriculture has heard repeatedly from end-users across the economy about the importance of getting this rule right. Today’s action will offer them the opportunity ... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Urges CFTC to Halt Midnight Rulemaking
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway sent a letter to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad requesting he not move forward on any controversial regulations during the final months of President Obama’s administration. In the letter, he asked Massad to refrain from “pushing through controversial regulations,”; adding, “While we may not agree on which regulations are overreaching or unnecessary, we should agree that the American people ha... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Concludes Two-year Review of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to evaluate the innovative strategies retailers are utilizing to improve access to nutritious food. Committee members heard from organizations that are working creatively to provide nutritious food to low-income individuals in low-access areas through online platforms and incentive programs. “Communities across the country have different needs when it comes to food access. Some individuals have access to a grocer on every street corner, while... Read more

  • Subcommittee Celebrates Voluntary Conservation Efforts of the Chesapeake Bay
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation, Conservation and Forestry

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing to highlight how voluntary conservation practices have improved the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Witnesses explained how the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with farmers and local conservation districts to successfully improve water quality, habitat, and key aquatic species in the Bay area. “The increased health of the Chesapeake Bay area is a prime example of how... Read more