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  • Conaway, Goodlatte Call on Attorney General to Evaluate DOJ Overreach in Prosecuting WOTUS Violation in CA Court Case
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a review of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to prosecute a California court case alleging violations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – directly related to both the statutory exemptions for farming and Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The letter reque... Read more

  • House Passes Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation to eliminate an unnecessary, duplicative, and costly regulatory process under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the approved use of pesticides. H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, ensures states, local governments, mosquito control districts, and other lawful users of pesticides are able to protect public health and not be overburdened with regulatory processes that provide n... Read more

  • Conaway, Peterson Host Agriculture Committee Roundtable with Sec. Perdue and Amb. Lighthizer on Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer along with other members of the committee in an executive roundtable on U.S. agricultural trade policy. Following the roundtable, Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, Sec. Perdue and Amb. Lighthizer released the below remarks: “We appreciated the oppo... Read more

  • Conaway, Roberts React to Administration’s FY2018 Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Following the release of the Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) issued the joint statement below: “We support the Trump administration’s goal of achieving three percent economic growth for our nation. USDA’s latest estimates find agriculture, food, and related industries contribute $992 billion to our economy. As we debate the budget and t... Read more

  • Conaway Welcomes Sec. Perdue to the Agriculture Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Food Transparency, SNAP, Trade/Food Aid, National Security, Markets and Finance, Conservation, Innovation in Agriculture, 2014 Farm Bill , Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, Conservation and Forestry, General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Nutrition, Focus on the Farm Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) welcomed newly-confirmed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Sonny Perdue to Capitol Hill to testify on the “State of the Rural Economy.” Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below statement: “Against the backdrop of a four-year, 50-percent decline in net farm income, Sec. Perdue’s comments today rightly recognized the concern of America’s farmers and ranchers and the many challenges face... Read more

  • Millard to Lead Conaway’s Agriculture Committee Communications Team
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) announced the addition of Rachel Millard to lead his committee communications team. Rachel Millard has been named communications director for the House Agriculture Committee ahead of the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. Most recently, Millard handled public affairs and corporate communications strategy at the Glover Park Group. Prior to that, she spent nearly six years working for Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in his leadershi... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Commends Secretary Perdue on Creation of Undersecretary for Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to restructure the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) while creating an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. “I commend Secretary Perdue and the Administration for, after just two weeks in office, putting forward a thoughtful reorganization plan that seeks to ensure all the critical mission areas at USDA are oper... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Advances Two Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved two measures—one designed to stimulate job creation in Maine and the other to honor the distinguished career of former Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. H.R. 1177, the Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act, would remove the deed restriction on the parcel of land around the airport in Old Town, ME, allowing for business development. “H.R. 1177 is a smart and simple fix for the people of Old Town, ME. By removing the deed rest... Read more

  • Conaway Disappointed Cotton, Dairy Farmers Left in the Lurch
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement concerning the exclusion of critical help for cotton and dairy farmers from the omnibus appropriations bill. “It is no secret that times are extremely difficult in farm and ranch country right now, with net farm income down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. It is also no secret that the safety net for cotton and dairy is failing our producers. To its credit, the entire cotton in... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Applauds the Confirmation of Secretary Perdue
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement upon the confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Today is a great day for American agriculture. Secretary Perdue is a strong friend of America's farmers and ranchers, and I know he will work to ensure that agriculture is a top priority in the new Administration. “President Trump has made it clear he supports a good farm bill tha... Read more