WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 – The eight members of the House Agriculture Committee who traveled to San Angelo, Texas, for the panel’s second farm bill listening session heard from a wide variety of farmers Monday, but it was the cotton producers who dominated the event with pleas for more assistance.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2017 - The House Agriculture Committee goes on the road this week to hold a trio of listening sessions as lawmakers prepare to write a new farm bill later this year or early in 2018.
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 - Speed is of the essence when it comes to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, a panel of witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee today. That’s because the uncertainty surrounding the overhaul has some importers – mostly in Mexico – turning to other suppliers to get the chicken and grain they need.
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 – Witnesses and lawmakers at a House Agriculture Committee hearing today showed broad support for immigration reform and mechanization research to address labor shortages faced by specialty crop producers.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2017 – House Republicans return from their Fourth of July recess looking to move a fiscal 2018 budget blueprint that could pave the way for tax reform while likely requiring some reduction in spending on food stamps.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2017 - The topics were as varied as the crops grown in the South, but research and labor stood out as common threads at the three-hour listening session held today by the House Agriculture Committee at the University of Florida.
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 - House Agriculture Committee members agreed with officials from land-grant and non-land grant universities on the importance of agricultural research at a hearing today, as the committee continues the process of preparing for the 2018 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2017 – President Trump releases his full fiscal 2018 budget this week and it’s expected to propose big cuts in crop insurance, conservation assistance and a number of agricultural and rural development programs.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue vigorously defended his reorganization plan for USDA, saying it would enable the department to move “quickly and nimbly” to address rural development needs, but he and aides later backed off some key descriptions.