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RAMP-UP Act Will Help Meat and Poultry Processors Access Inspection to Meet Demand

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WASHINGTON (July 2, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and former Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, joined Reps. Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Chellie Pingree of Maine, G.T. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Jim Costa of California, David Rouzer of North Carolina, Angie Craig of Minnesota and Robert Aderholt of Alabama, today to introduce t... Read more »

Spanberger Welcomes Reforestation Priorities in Infrastructure Package

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WASHINGTON (July 1, 2020) – House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia welcomed the inclusion the Reforestation Trust Fund in the Manager’s amendment to the House Democrats’ infrastructure package, The INVEST in America Act, passed on Tuesday. Spanberger, who authored an amendment to address the needs of the RTF along with Subcommittee Ranking Mem... Read more »

Spanberger Statement on 2020 Wildfire Outlook Briefing

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WASHINGTON (July 1, 2020) – Following a briefing for Members on the outlook for the 2020 wildfire season from U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Regional Foresters, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia issued the following statement: “Even before the added challenge of COVID-19, this year was poised to become a test of our n... Read more »

Spanberger, Scott, Plaskett Welcome Select Committee’s Climate Report

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WASHINGTON (June 30, 2020) – Three House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairs issued a statement today in response to introduction of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ report, Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chair Abigail Spanberger of Virginia; Commodi... Read more »

Costa Statement on Roundtable Discussion on USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service

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Yesterday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa (CA-16) hosted a roundtable, in which USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy M. Brashears and Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Paul Kiecker answered questions about the impact of COVID-19 on food supply chains. “Over the last four months, America’s food supply chain has bee... Read more »

Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Scott Welcome Actions to Clarify EU Supervisory Oversight of U.S.-Based Clearing Houses

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WASHINGTON (June 11, 2020) – In response to the delegated acts published Thursday by the European Commission as part of the European Market Infrastructure Regulations (EMIR 2.2), which would clarify European Union (EU) regulations relating to U.S.-based central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs) operating in the EU, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Chair D... Read more »

Peterson, Costa, Plaskett, and Vela Highlight CFAP Concerns in Letter to Perdue

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WASHINGTON (June 9, 2020) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, and Subcommittee Chairs Jim Costa of California, Stacey E. Plaskett of the Virgin Islands and Filemon Vela of Texas relayed concerns with the implementation of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) by the U.S. Department of Agricultur... Read more »

Fudge, Costa, and Plaskett Push USDA for Answers on Food Box Contracts

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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2020) - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chair Jim Costa, and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey Plaskett formally requested information from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Thursday on USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Bo... Read more »

In the Absence of Leadership from the White House, Congress Must Lead on Testing

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In a statement Monday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Subcommittee Chairs Filemon Vela of Texas and Jim Costa of California, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, called for the investment of $250 billion in testing for coronavirus in the next pandemic legislative aid package, including the prioritization of tests for frontline food and agricultura... Read more »

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