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  • House Agriculture Committee evaluates current dairy policy
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s series to examine all aspects of the next farm bill. Committee members heard from industry representatives who gave a general overview of the current state of the dairy industry and highlighted some of the challenges they are facing. “While net farm income for the entire agricultural industry has fallen 5... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Livestock Producer Perspectives on Next Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

    Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. “From onerous f... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Federal Nutrition Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition convened a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) three commodity distribution programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Committee members heard from a panel of witnesses representing each of these programs who explained how the programs differ, interact, and work together to meet the nu... Read more

  • Subcommittee evaluates the effectiveness of forestry initiatives
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation, Conservation and Forestry

    This afternoon, Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the forestry initiatives in the 2014 Farm Bill. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. The subcommittee heard from a broad panel of experts who shared their perspectives on the forestry programs authorized under Title VIII of the 2014 Farm Bill. “Today c... Read more

  • Conaway's Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's first budget proposal today. "Today's proposal covers appropriations spending and mainly provides top line numbers. A comprehensive budget, including details, is expected later this spring, when we will have a more complete picture. Importantly, Congress will be working along this same timeline on its own budget policies and priorities. "At first blush, I am pleased th... Read more

  • Subcommittee examines importance of agricultural research
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

    Today, Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to highlight the importance of agricultural research as part of the committee's hearing series on the next farm bill. Members heard from witnesses who stressed the important role research plays in ensuring that American agriculture remains competitive and capable of addressing growing needs around the world. “The public-private partnership in a... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee leaders honor the legacy of Kika de la Garza
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson issued statements remembering the legacy of former Congressman Eligio "Kika" de la Garza, a long-time Texas representative who chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1981-1994. "Kika de la Garza was a true public servant in every sense of the word," Chairman Conaway said. "From serving his country in the military, to serving the great state of Texas, to advocating for farmers and ranchers across the ... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway praises President Trump's nomination of Chris Giancarlo
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    President Trump announced today his intent to nominate Chris Giancarlo to serve as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement. "I congratulate Acting Chairman Chris Giancarlo on his nomination to lead the CFTC. I believe the President picked the right person for this job. For the past two years, Chris has traveled the country to meet and learn from agricultural and commercial end-users who re... Read more

  • Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit

    Today, Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade assistance and extension services. This hearing is a continuation in th... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Rural Development and Energy Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit held a hearing to review the rural development and energy programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Members of the committee heard from a broad panel of witnesses who utilize rural development and renewable energy loan and grant programs, and who support rural development initiatives. “One of the most important commitments this committee makes to producers is to help provide the support and infrastructure nece... Read more