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Dietary Guidelines Discussed at House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture- FDA Budget Hearing

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture heard budget related testimony from the Food and Drug Administration. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) noted at today’s hearing that, “Like many, I am concerned about obstacles created by the Chinese government to our inspection of foreign food and drug products. While the safety of American consumers […]

So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic...Show More Summary

Friday Morning Update: Policy; Trade; Ag Economy; Biofuels; Biotech; and, Budget

Policy Issues On Thursday, the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee met, “to review SNAP recipient characteristics and dynamics.” Yesterday’s hearing followed Wednesday’s full House Ag Committee meeting on SNAP and nutrition issues. Show More Summary

House Ag Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing on SNAP

On Thursday afternoon, the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee held a hearing, “to review SNAP recipient characteristics and dynamics.” On Wednesday, the full Committee heard background testimony from two experts on the SNAP program. Show More Summary

Thursday Morning Update: Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Budget Issues

Policy Issues On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss the SNAP program and nutrition issues, a FarmPolicy.com summary and overview of this Committee hearing is available here. Also on the SNAP issue, a report yesterday by ? Mathematica Policy Research presented “estimates that, for each state, measure the need for SNAP and the program’s […]

House Ag Committee Hearing: SNAP (Food Stamps)

At a House Agriculture Committee hearing on Wednesday that focused on the SNAP program and nutrition issues, Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) indicated that, “[The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)] is the largest program under the Committee’s jurisdiction, and today’s hearing marks the beginning of a top-to-bottom review of the program. We will conduct this […]

Wednesday Morning Update: Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing, Ag Economy; Trade; Budget; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues- Senate Ag Committee Hearing; House Ag Committee Hearing Today In two separate panels, agricultural producers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the implementation of  last year’s Farm Bill Tuesday morning. Show More Summary

Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers reviewed the implementation of the Farm Bill after one year and heard testimony from farmers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In his opening remarks, Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) indicated that, “As our first order of business it’s only right that we recognize and appreciate […]

Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Budget Issues Tuesday

Policy Issues In a letter yesterday to Senate and House Budget Committee leaders, a large number of food, agriculture and policy organizations indicated that, “The undersigned 392 organizations, representing America’s agriculture, nutrition,...Show More Summary

Update: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

Following Thursday’s release of dietary guidelines from a government advisory committee, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan made the following tweet: Congrats 2 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Cmte for including sustainability. Show More Summary

Ag Groups Comment on Proposed Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their recommendations to the Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA will...Show More Summary

2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

Recall that in a February 11th House Ag Committee hearing, Chairman Michael Conaway (R., Tex.) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had an exchange on the Dietary Guideline issue. Sec. Vilsack noted that, “Well, first of all, these are recommendations which the Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Agriculture are free […]

Thursday Morning Highlights: Policy; Ag Economy; Trade; and, Regulations

Policy Issues Next week, the House Agriculture Committee will hold two hearings on nutrition related issues. On the 25th, the Full Committee will Review the SNAP Program, and on the 26th, the Nutrition Subcommittee will hold a hearing to better understand the SNAP population through published research. The Nutrition Subcommittee is chaired by Jackie Walorski (R., […]

Highlights: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture- Budget Hearing, USDA Inspector General

On Friday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a budget hearing and heard testimony from USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong. Photo by the House Appropriations Committee During the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R., Ala.), Subcommittee ranking member Sam Farr (D., Calif.) and Rep. Show More Summary

Nutrition Issues Highlighted at House Ag Committee Hearing

At a House Ag Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighted nutrition related issues. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) had the following exchange with Sec. Vilsack on Dietary Guidelines: Rep. Conaway: Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is rumored to be wanting to eliminate red meat from our diets as a part […]

Rep. Neugebauer Discuses Cotton Issues with Secretary Vilsack

A news release today from Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R., Tex.) stated that, “I appreciate USDA Secretary Vilsack for coming before the House Agriculture Committee today to provide an update on the state of the rural economy and specifically where things stand with the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. The USDA has jurisdiction over many […]

Rep. Newhouse, Sec. Vilsack Discuss West Coast Labor Dispute

During the discussion portion of today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing to review the state of the rural economy, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R., Wash.) had a discussion with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the labor dispute at the West Coast ports that is harming agriculture exports and rural economies across the country. A video replay […]

Chairman Conaway, Secretary Vilsack Discuss Crop Insurance Issues

During the discussion portion of today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing to review the state of the rural economy, Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) had a detailed conversation with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about crop insurance issues. A video replay and transcript of that discussion is available below.   Rep. Conaway: Mr. Secretary, again […]

Committee on Agriculture Hearing: State of the Rural Economy, Ranking Member Peterson Opening Statement

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson (D., Minn.) Committee on Agriculture Hearing: State of the Rural Economy February 11, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery “Good morning. Thank you Chairman Conaway for holding today’s hearing and thank you Secretary Vilsack for joining us today. Welcome back to the Committee. “Today we are […]

Committee on Agriculture Hearing: State of the Rural Economy, Chairman Conaway Opening Statement

Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway Committee on Agriculture Hearing: State of the Rural Economy February 11, 2015 Remarks as prepared for delivery. “Thank you Mr. Secretary for appearing before the Committee today. You are a very busy man, so we appreciate you taking the time to be here with us today. You have long […]

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