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  • Conaway: New Ag Guestworker Program Cuts Red Tape, Better Meets Producer Needs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Following today’s House Judiciary Committee approval of the AG Act, which would replace the flawed H-2A guestworker program to help provide American farmers with access to a legal, steady supply of workers, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the below remarks: “It’s time for an ag worker program that both respects our nation’s immigration laws and keeps American agriculture competitive. As a former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mr. Goodlatte under... Read more

  • Conaway, Rouzer Praise Trump Administration’s Withdraw of Controversial GIPSA Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on October 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Washington, D.C.— Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (NC-07) issued the following comments in response to the Trump administration's decision to withdraw a controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule and take no further action on a complementary proposed rule released in the final days of the Obama administration: “After nearly a decade ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Reviews CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Markets and Finance

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing examining the agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) under the leadership of newly confirmed Chairman Christopher Giancarlo. Following the hearing, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the below remarks: “In his short time as chairman, Chris has already shown a dedication to modernizing and improving the management of the CFTC. My colleagues and I have long advocated for a revie... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Gathers Farm Bill Input from New York Stakeholders
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: 2018 Farm Bill

    Cobleskill, New York – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) and members of the committee hosted a farm bill listening session, “Conversations in the Field,” at SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, New York. Following the listening session, Conaway and Peterson made the below remarks: “I appreciated hearing from the good people of New York as we dive head first into writing the farm bill. From dairy to specialty crops to our nutri... Read more

  • Congressional Delegation Comments on Agriculture NAFTA Meetings in Ottawa
    Posted in Press Releases on October 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Ottawa, Canada – Today, members of a congressional delegation to Ottawa, Canada focused on agricultural trade offered their comments following meetings with Canadian officials ahead of the next round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations: “Our goal over the past two days was to ensure our Canadian counterparts understand that U.S. production agriculture has a keen interest in getting NAFTA done and done right. We have had productive conversations over the weekend with Canad... Read more

  • Conaway Echoes Sec. Perdue: NAFTA Not Moving Quickly Enough
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following comments on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations today ahead of his trip to Ottawa, Canada this weekend: “Sec. Perdue hit the nail on the head when he said we need to stop circling the ring in NAFTA negotiations and begin laying out concrete agriculture proposals. I know our delegation is eager to get up to Ottawa and communicate a sense of urgency to negotiators. We’re s... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Advances Five Commonsense Agriculture Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved five bipartisan, commonsense measures designed to cut red tape and improve efficiency of forest and land management and diversify input on commodity standards. Following today’s markup, Chairman K. Michael Conaway made the below remarks: “Maintaining our federal forests can be hard enough without the bureaucratic red tape of Washington getting in the way. Two of the measures approved by the committee today take important steps to... Read more

  • Conaway, Peterson Announce Farm Bill Listening Session in New York
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: 2018 Farm Bill

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) announced a committee listening session, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field” in Cobleskill, New York on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. The listening session is a continuation of the committee’s efforts to gather input from farmers, ranchers and stakeholders ahead of the upcoming farm bill. Upon announcement, the chairman and ranking member made the following rem... Read more

  • UPDATE House Agriculture Committee Statement on Traffic Accident in Texas
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Midland, Texas – The House Agriculture Committee issued the following update regarding the traffic accident in El Campo, Texas: “We feel incredibly blessed to report that following today’s car accident involving two members of the House Agriculture Committee staff and one USDA staff member, all those involved in the accident have been discharged from El Campo Memorial Hospital. Our team offers its thanks to the first responders, doctors, nurses and staff for their excellent care. Chairman Conawa... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Statement on Traffic Accident in Texas
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Thursday afternoon, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Texas State Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller were in El Campo, Texas surveying damage from Hurricane Harvey and meeting with producers and farmers. As they were leaving an event with producers, a vehicle traveling with them was involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle. Secretary Perdue, Chairman Conaway and Commissioner Miller were riding in separate vehicles and were... Read more