Farm Bill

House Holds Hearing on USDA Research Programs

July 29, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held an audit hearing on federal research programs administered by USDA.  This was the ninth hearing on farm bill programs the Committee has held this year. The Committee heard testimony from top administrators of four agencies that make […]

Senate Holds Specialty Crop and Organic Hearing

July 28, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to discuss farm bill specialty crop and organic programs.  The Committee, led by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), heard testimony from USDA officials Ann Wright, Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, […]

House Hearing on Commodity and Disaster Programs

July 28, 2011

On Wednesday, July 27, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held an audit hearing to examine commodity and farm safety net programs, including crop insurance and disaster assistance.  This was the eighth hearing on farm bill programs that the Committee has convened this year. Bruce Nelson, Administrator of the […]

One Week Until Government Default – Where Things Stand

July 26, 2011

With one week left until federal borrowing authority is exhausted, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and President Obama continue to negotiate the details of a number of concurrent proposals to raise the federal debt ceiling and reduce the deficit. Last week, the House passed a plan entitled “Cut, Cap, and Balance” that would have required Congress […]

Hearing on Clean Energy, Biofuels and Rural Development

July 22, 2011

This week Congress hosted a number of advocates on Capitol Hill for briefings on the state of federal policy supporting the production of biofuels and other energy products from agricultural crops. On Wednesday July 21, the House Agriculture Committee convened a hearing to examine energy and forest programs administered by USDA.  Judith Canales, Administrator of the […]

Farm Bill Nutrition Programs Hearing

July 22, 2011

On Thursday, July 21, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held an audit hearing to examine the Farm Bill’s Nutrition Programs, programs that accounts for over 75 percent of the Agriculture Committee’s budget.  USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers nutrition programs, which include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), […]

Choices Magazine edition highlights Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

July 20, 2011

Choices Magazine, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, released a themed edition focused on beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States.  Choices Magazine is a a free online quarterly peer-reviewed journal that covers agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities and environmental issues. The Innovations to Support Beginning Farmer and […]

House Holds Farm Credit Hearing

July 15, 2011

On Thursday, July 14, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight and Credit held an audit hearing to discuss farm loan programs, hearing witness testimony from FSA Administrator Bruce Nelson and Assistant Deputy Administrator Jim Radintz.  The hearing was relatively short, ending abruptly when members were notified of an imminent floor vote. Leading the […]

House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Conservation Programs

July 8, 2011

On Thursday, July 7, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held an audit hearing to examine USDA conservation programs. This is part of  a series of hearings to be held by the House Agriculture Committee leading up to the 2012 Farm Bill.  According to the Committee’s press release on the hearing, […]

House Agriculture Subcommittee Specialty Crop Hearing

July 8, 2011

On Thursday, July 7, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held a farm bill hearing to examine USDA specialty crop programs.  Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, flowers, and nursery plants.  The specialty crop title of the farm bill also includes organic agriculture programs. The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rayne Pegg, Administrator for USDA’s […]

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