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  • Conaway: Initial Purchase for USDA Vaccine Bank Welcome News for American Livestock Producers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank: “I thank Under Secretary Greg Ibach for securing foot-and-mouth disease vaccine as well as his continued commitment to USDA’s animal pest and disease response. This was one of my top priorities during the 2018 ... Read more

  • Conaway: USMCA Entry Into Force Welcome News for American Agriculture
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade/Food Aid

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway released the following statement as the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) entered into force: “USMCA goes into effect today, and this is welcome news for American agricultural producers who have weathered a 6-year slump in the farm economy. USMCA will provide better market access and much needed certainty for our farmers and ranchers. I’m grateful to President Trump and his Administration fo... Read more

  • House Agriculture Leaders Issue Joint Statement on EPA’s Dicamba Registrations and Order following Court Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Sanford Bishop, Chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and Representative K. Michael Conaway, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement: “The hard-working farming community invests in many agricultural products and services that help them produce wholesome foods, feed, and quality fibers for consume... Read more

  • LaMalfa: Responsible Forest Management More Important Than Ever
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) delivered a memorandum to the United States Forest Service as it works to modernize the management of national forests and grasslands. House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) released the following remarks of support in response: “For too long, our federally owned forests have been poorly managed, resulting in increased fire risk that has devastated neighbo... Read more

  • Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Scott Welcome Actions to Clarify EU Supervisory Oversight of U.S.-Based Clearing Houses
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit

    Washington, D.C. – In response to the delegated acts published Thursday by the European Commission as part of the European Market Infrastructure Regulations (EMIR 2.2), which would clarify European Union (EU) regulations relating to U.S.-based central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs) operating in the EU, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Chair David Scott of Georgia and Ranking Member Austin Scott of Georgia released the following statements welcoming t... Read more

  • Conaway Statement on Dicamba Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 vacatur of dicamba registrations: “I am thoroughly disappointed that our nation’s crop protection regulatory process continues to be hijacked by radical judges like those on the Ninth Circuit. This ruling undermines the public’s trust in the dedicated scientists and other professionals at the Environmental Protection ... Read more

  • Conaway Statement on CFAP Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after President Trump and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published enrollment details for the Coronavirus Food Aid Program (CFAP): “I appreciate President Trump’s announcement today emphasizing the Administration’s continued strong support of America’s farmers and ranchers through the COVID-19 pandemic. The $19 billion in aid will certainly help pro... Read more

  • Conaway: Agriculture Short Changed in $3 Trillion Left Wing Joy Ride
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 6800, Speaker Pelosi’s $3 trillion partisan wish list: “In the midst of this global pandemic, the Trump Administration asked Congress for $50 billion to provide critical economic relief to farmers, ranchers, and rural America. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House would provide $68 billion in funding to give USDA the tools it needs to... Read more

  • Conaway, Dunn: USDA Biotech Rule Delivers on President Trump’s Pro-Innovation Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule to modernize agricultural biotechnology regulations, marking the first comprehensive revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, and Efficient (SECURE) rule modernizes the agency's oversight of traditional and new plant breeding methods such as gene-editing and acknowledges that regulations should be commensurate with risk. ... Read more

  • Conaway, Peterson Congratulate USTR’s Bomer Lauritsen on her Retirement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Ranking Member Michael Conaway released the following statements congratulating Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, on her retirement: “Sharon has been a driving force behind many trade wins for American agriculture including USMCA, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, and the U.S.- China Phase One Agreement. We are indebted to Sharon for her efforts o... Read more