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  • Conaway, Peterson Host NAFTA Roundtable with Ag Industry Leaders
    Posted in Press Releases on November 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) welcomed leaders of eight agricultural stakeholder groups to discuss the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in advance of the upcoming negotiations in Mexico City. Following the roundtable, Conaway and Peterson offered the below remarks: “All parties today were on the same page – NAFTA is important to agriculture and agriculture must remain a ... 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

  • Conaway: Agriculture Stands to Benefit from NAFTA Renegotiation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to highlight opportunities for agriculture in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from various stakeholder groups on opportunities to achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture. Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: “Trade is vital to U.S. agriculture and nowhere is it more i... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway Committee on Agriculture Hearing: Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture
    Posted in Opening Statements on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to start by welcoming all of our witnesses. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to share your thoughts with us today. As we have noted time and again, America’s farmers and ranchers are the most efficient, productive and competitive producers in the world. Their ability to meet the rapidly-growing and ever-changing demands both at home and abroad has allowed our country to become one of the world’s most open agricultural economies, supply... Read more

  • Conaway on U.S. Halt of Brazilian Beef: Appropriate and Necessary
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Following U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement that the U.S. is indefinitely suspending all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the below remarks: “U.S. consumers enjoy the safest food supply in the world and, like Sec. Perdue, I am committed to keeping it that way. Halting imports of fresh beef from Brazil is an appropriate and necessary measure as Brazilian officials work to assess and correc... Read more

  • Conaway, Peterson Praise U.S. Sugar Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) made the below remarks following an announcement that an agreement was reached between the U.S. sugar industry and the Department of Commerce to bring Mexican sugar into compliance with U.S. trade laws: “I am very pleased that the Department of Commerce was able to negotiate an agreement that works for U.S. sugar farmers by ending the illegal dumping of sugar,” said... Read more

  • Conaway, Rouzer Praise U.S.-China Beef Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Following today’s announcement that the U.S. and China have finalized an agreement allowing for American beef exports, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (NC-07) made the below comments: “As one of the world's largest importers of beef, China has long-been an area of great opportunity for the U.S. beef industry. Well today that ‘great opportunity’ becomes one step closer to re... Read more

  • House Ag Committee Underscores Importance of U.S. International Food Aid and Agricultural Development
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the future of international food aid and agricultural development as a continuation of the committee’s series to examine all aspects of the next farm bill. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from stakeholders on the critical assistance that these programs provide in terms of both global food security and U.S. national security. Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below rem... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway Committee on Agriculture Hearing: The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development
    Posted in Opening Statements on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning and thank you all for joining us. Before we get started, I wanted to extend my condolences to our friends at Didion Milling. John Didion testified before the committee in September 2015 about the important work they do in milling grain into specially designed food aid products. Unfortunately, one week ago today, Didion Milling experienced a catastrophic explosion that took the lives of three employees and injured several others. Our thoughts and pra... Read more