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  • Republican Ag Committee Leadership Announces Release of Study Confirming Devastating Impact of Inheritance Tax Code Changes on Family Farmers and Ranchers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2021 | Preview rr

    The Republican leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress are highlighting a new study that confirms Democrats' proposed changes to taxes on inherited property will have a devastating impact on the next generation of family farmers and ranchers. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture, and Senator John Boozman, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, requested the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Tex... Read more

  • Thompson: New WOTUS Definition Sign of Trouble for Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army announced the intent to establish a new definition of "Waters of the United States," or WOTUS. Following the announcement, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn 'GT' Thompson, issued the following statement: "President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) jurisdiction. The process ... Read more

  • Thompson: USDA Response to Line Speed Decision Threatens Food Supply Chain
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intention to require swine processing facilities operating under the New Swine Inspection System to reduce production line speeds in accordance with a recent court ruling that struck down a regulatory provision allowing those facilities to operate at faster speeds. Following the announcement, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, issued the following ... Read more

  • House Agriculture Republicans Introduce Broadband for Rural America Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, House Agriculture Republicans introduced the Broadband For Rural America Act, one of several infrastructure proposals from House Republicans that bridge the digital divide for communities nationwide. The proposal from House Agriculture Republicans provides more than $7 billion in authorizations for USDA broadband connectivity programs. Following the introduction of the bill, Republican Leader of the Agriculture Committee, Glenn 'GT' Thompson, issued the following statement: “The one issue... Read more

  • Republican Leader Thompson Announces Slate of Pro-Innovation Agriculture Bills Addressing Climate Change
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC— Today, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) announced five pieces of legislation to address climate change through natural solutions. Mr. Thompson introduced the Sponsoring USDA Sustainability Targets in Agriculture to Incentivize Natural Solutions Act, or SUSTAINS Act. The bill encourages private-sector partnerships for agriculture sustainability by allowing businesses to invest in conservation practices in geographic regions of thei... Read more

  • Republican Leader Thompson Welcomes Julia Letlow, Ph.D. to Agriculture Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC — Today, the House Republican Conference ratified Congresswoman Julia Letlow, Ph.D. (LA-05) to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture. Following the announcement, Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement: "I am honored to welcome Congresswoman Letlow to the House Agriculture Committee. She will be an invaluable addition to our team, and I know she will be a faithful servant of the people and fierce advocate for farm families and rural comm... Read more

  • Thompson Issues Statement Celebrating National Agriculture Day
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. — House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson issued the following statement celebrating National Agriculture Day: "It is an incredible honor to represent our farmers, ranchers, and producers every day as Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee. The fruits of their labor have blessed us with the safest and strongest food supply chain in the world. The vitality of rural America is at the heart of all of my work, because when rural America thrive... Read more

  • Republican Leader Thompson Announces Agriculture Committee Staff for 117th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C.— Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Glenn 'GT' Thompson announced the Committee's Republican staff for the 117th Congress: Joshua Maxwell, Policy Director Maxwellhas served the Committee for nearly two decades, most recently as Senior Professional Staff handling conservation, forestry, energy, and credit, and has worked on the 2008, 2014, and 2018 Farm Bills. Patricia Straughn, Chief Counsel Straughn is reassuming the position of Chief Counsel after more than 13 ... Read more

  • Thompson Announces Agriculture Vice Republican Leader, Subcommittee Rosters for the 117th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) announced Rick Crawford (AR-01) as the Vice Republican Leader of the Committee. Mr. Thompson also announced the subcommittee rosters for the 117th Congress. Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Republican members include: Ranking Member Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) Austin Scott (GA-08) Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) Rodney Davis (IL-13) Chris Jacobs (NY-27) Troy Balderson (OH-12) Michael Cloud (TX-27) Rand... Read more

  • Thompson Issues Statement on USDA Reopening Comment Period for Animal Genetic Engineering Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the reopening of the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the streamlined regulatory review of agricultural animals developed through genetic engineering. Following the announcement, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, issued the following statement: “I know Secretary Vilsack has a long history of supporting agri... Read more