The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled four hearings on farm bill issues, starting with a review next Wednesday of the trade and horticulture titles. 

Additional hearings will be held Feb. 9 on commodity programs, crop insurance and credit; Feb. 16 on domestic nutrition assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; and March 1 on conservation and forestry. 

Alexis Taylor, USDA’s undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, will testify at next Wednesday’s hearing along with Jenny Lester Moffitt, the undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and Sarah Charles, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. 

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The farm bill’s trade title authorizes foreign market development programs as well as international food assistance. 

The horticulture title covers a wide variety of programs, including research and infrastructure for fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops; assistance to organic agriculture; industrial hemp production; and local and regional agriculture. 

The committee held a hearing in November on the rural development title and one in December on research programs.

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