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Costa Applauds Announcement of New Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers

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Today, following a release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California applauded the agency’s move to protect unpaid livestock sellers through a Dealer Statutory Trust: “I am pleased that USDA has taken the necessary steps to put these protections in place for the benef...

Peterson, Costa Welcome USTR Consultation on TRQs on Canadian Dairy

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WASHINGTON – In response to an announcement today that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will begin consultations on the enforcement of Canada's tariff rate quota (TRQ) allocations for imported dairy products, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California welcomed the news in a stateme...

Costa Leads Effort to Protect Access to Overseas Markets for American Food Producers

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(FRESNO, CA) - In an effort to ensure American farmers and food producers continue to have access to fair trade rules and the movement of products overseas, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa (CA-16), joined by 111 of his colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter calling on the Administration to protect common food and wine terms in future trade discussions. "American fam...

Costa Statement on UN World Food Programme Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

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(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, issued the following statement in response to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme: “As I’ve long said, food security is national security, and today’s announcement emphasizes the important connection between stamping out global hunger and strivin...

Costa Statement on Roundtable Discussion with Chief Agriculture Negotiator Doud

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House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa released the following statement after today’s roundtable with USTR Chief Agriculture Negotiator Gregg Doud. “Farmers, ranchers, and dairymen and women are suffering greatly as a result of this pandemic, which has hit American agriculture hard. With many of our commodity prices in the tank, it is crucial that we...

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...

Costa Statement on President Trump's Meat Processing Executive Order

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WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California released the following statement following President Trump's executive order to keep meat processing plants open: "In carrying out this executive order the Administration must ensure the health and safety of workers and provide all the resources necessary to do so. Our beef, pork, and p...

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