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  • House Agriculture Committee Rallies Behind Updates to Rural Infrastructure
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing examining the state of infrastructure in rural America. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) and members of the committee heard from witnesses on opportunities to renew infrastructure in America’s heartland. Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson made the below remarks: “America’s heartland deserves to be front-and-center as we look to upgrade our aging infra... Read more

  • Conaway Leads 109 Members in Calling on President Trump to Help Cotton Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) led a coalition of 109 rural and urban Democrats and Republicans from across the country in a letter calling on President Trump to use his authority to help stabilize the cotton industry by operating the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program on an ongoing basis beginning with the 2016 crop year. “We can’t continue ignoring the economic turmoil of U.S. cotton farmers. While countries like China and India are pour... Read more

  • Nutrition Subcommittee Evaluates Career Pathways to Success for SNAP Recipients
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing examining pathways available to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to improve their education and labor force involvement and aim for independence. Subcommittee Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) and members heard from witnesses on career pathway approaches available to work-capable SNAP recipients for them to move up the economic ladder and out of poverty. “Stable employment is ess... Read more

  • Conaway Applauds Trump Administration’s NAFTA Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) today applauded U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s newly-released NAFTA objectives detailing the administration’s plans to expand market opportunities and tighten enforcement of trade obligations to protect U.S. agriculture producers. Upon the release of the plan, Chairman Conaway made the following remarks: “As the administration looks to highlight American-made products this week, there is no b... Read more

  • General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee Evaluates Agricultural Technology and Data Utilization
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation in Agriculture, General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing examining technology’s role in the future of farming. Subcommittee Chairman Rick Crawford (AR-1) and members heard from witnesses about the opportunities and challenges related to investments in new technology for production agriculture. “Agricultural technology plays a critically important role in the day-to-day decision making process of farmers and ranchers,” said Subcom... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Highlights Specialty Crop Production
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation in Agriculture

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to highlight the importance of technology and innovation in specialty crop production as a continuation of the committee’s hearing series preparing for the next farm bill. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from stakeholders on the ways to build upon public-private partnerships and innovation to benefit specialty crop producers. Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks... Read more

  • Conaway, Peterson Announce Additional Farm Bill Listening Sessions
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) announced three additional committee listening sessions, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” to gather input from farmers, ranchers and stakeholders across the country. Upon announcement of the additional listening sessions, the chairman and ranking member made the following remarks: “With the farm economy in its worst slide since the Great Depression,... Read more

  • Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it was about feeding the Obama EPA’s insatiable appetit... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Examines Future Risk of Clearinghouses in Financial Crises
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing examining the regulation of derivative clearinghouses and how cleared markets may respond to a future financial crisis. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following remarks after the hearing: “Clearinghouses are essential to financial markets. As the committee continues its oversight of these institutions, it is essential to understand their role in the well-being of our financial markets, and the new risks a fina... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Gathers Farm Bill Input from Southeast Ag Community
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Gainesville, Fla. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) along with several members of the committee, hosted a farm bill listening session, “Conversations in the Field,” at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Following the listening session, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: “No one has better insight into what is and isn’t working in U.S. agricultural policy than our farmers and ranchers. Writing the farm bill is a big task, with a lot of moving pa... Read more