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Chair Jim Costa Opening Statement at Hearing on State of the Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery, and Rebuilding

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WASHINGTON - House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chair Jim Costa delivered the following statement at today's hearing titled “State of the Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery, and Rebuilding” [As prepared for delivery] Good morning. To start, I’d like to thank our witnesses, my Ranking Member Mr. Johnson, and the other members of the Subcommittee for participating i...

Chairman David Scott and Subcommittee Chair Jim Costa Statement on USTR Announcement

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WASHINGTON (June 17, 2021) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott of Georgia and Subcommittee Chair Jim Costa issued the following statement in response to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) U.S.-E.U. Cooperative Framework for Large Civil Aircraft announcement: “I would like to thank President Joe Biden and Ambassador Katherine Tai for their hard work in reaching this agreem...

House Members Hold Meeting with Federal Maritime Commission on Shipping Delays Impacting Ag Sector

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Members Rep. Jim Costa (Chair of Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture), with Rep. Salud Carbajal (Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (Ranking Member of the Trans...

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...

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