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  • Closing the Gap Between Welfare and Work
    Posted in Op-Ed on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Florida Daily By Rep.Ted Yoho (FL-3), member of the House Agriculture Committee Recently, there have been a variety of stories in the news reflecting extensive fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). In New Jersey alone, a grocery store employee admitted he took part in a $1.9 million SNAP fraud scheme, and separately, a couple admitted to exchanging over $4.5 million in SNAP benefits for cash across a period of four years. In Massa... Read more

  • Clear Water Rule means relief for farmers, ranchers
    Posted in Op-Ed on December 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation

    The Hill By Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Zippy Duvall, president American Farm Bureau Federation In 2015 the Obama administration created a “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule that was so broad and vague that almost any spot where rainwater flows or pools might be tagged as a federally protected body of water. With the stroke of a pen, farmers and ranchers across the heartland suddenly did not know if state or federal law applied to their lands and what their compliance obligations would be. Like... Read more

  • Conaway: Texas Values at the Heart of Farm Bill Talks
    Posted in Op-Ed on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: 2018 Farm Bill

    Via San Angelo Standard-Times By Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) The history of Texas is found in its dirt. It was written by generations of farmers and ranchers who coaxed life out of our hardscrabble countryside, pioneering families who braved the wilderness and established communities like San Angelo that we still call home today. Every Texan since has reaped blessings from the land they tamed, the wisdom they shared and the values they instilled. Wisdom about the land, its people and the... Read more

  • Mike Conaway, Ted Yoho and Neal Dunn: Input from the field needed for farm bill
    Posted in Op-Ed on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Via The Gainesville Sun Take a step back and listen. That’s important advice to anyone working in Washington, but especially to those of us fortunate enough to represent our friends and neighbors in the halls of Congress. And nowhere does that ring clearer than within the agricultural community. With less than 2 percent of Americans directly involved in production agriculture, the few caretakers of our land and natural resources are a critical source of knowledge about what is and isn’t working ... Read more

  • Protecting our Farmers and Ranchers
    Posted in Op-Ed on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    America is blessed with the safest, most affordable, and most abundant food and fiber supply mankind has ever known. This is made possible thanks to the men and women who dutifully care for their crops and livestock each and every day. Most factors that affect a farmer’s livelihood — like unpredictable weather events, fluctuations in commodity markets, and the predatory trade practices of foreign governments — are completely out of their control. These factors have collided over the past several... Read more

  • Honoring America’s farmers and ranchers
    Posted in Op-Ed on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    By Mike Conaway America's farmers and ranchers are undeniably some of the most dedicated and humble individuals in this country. Without complaint, rain or shine, they simply wake up and work hard because that is what's needed to keep our country running. But despite their best efforts, America's farmers and ranchers are facing real challenges today. Net farm income is estimated to fall 56 percent from 2013 to 2016, the largest three-year percentage drop since the Great Depression. The problem i... Read more

  • Giving Thanks for America's Bounty
    Posted in Op-Ed on November 26, 2015 | Preview rr

    As we gather this Thanksgiving with our families and friends to celebrate our many blessings, it is fitting to also recognize the farmers and ranchers who provided the food on our tables. Thanksgiving is a cherished time for most American families, especially those who make their living off the land. Throughout our nation’s history, our ancestors have gathered during the harvest season to give thanks and celebrate the harvest that would see them through the coming year. They understood the promi... Read more

  • A Solid Start for the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress
    Posted in Op-Ed on September 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Food Transparency, SNAP, Trade/Food Aid, National Security, Markets and Finance, Conservation, Innovation in Agriculture, Country of Origin Labeling, CFTC Reauthorization, 2014 Farm Bill

    By Chairman K. Michael Conaway When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be d... Read more

  • Myth vs. Fact: Setting the Record Straight on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is a failed government mandate with serious economic implications. Should the World Trade Organization(WTO) rule against the United States for the 4th time in the coming days, Canada and Mexico will be authorized to seek retaliation against the U.S. by imposing economically devastating tariffs on U.S. exports. Supporters of COOL rely on misinformation and false claims to make their case. Let’s see how their arguments stack up against the facts: Myth: C... Read more

  • COOL Retaliation & its Impact on the U.S.
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body will soon rule on Canada and Mexico’s case against the U.S. on the mandatory Country of Origin Label (COOL) requirement on muscle cuts of beef and pork.This is the fourth and final decision by the WTO, and in the three previous decisions it has ruled against the U.S. COOL law. If the U.S. loses this case, Canada and Mexico have indicated their intention to retaliate on hundreds of U.S. products, ranging from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture, ... Read more