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Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Jim Baird Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee Hearing: “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Horticulture and Urban Agriculture”

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Remarks as prepared delivery: Good morning, and thank you Chair Plaskett for calling this hearing today. Today’s hearing marks an important step, as this is our first hearing to review the horticulture title of the 2018 Farm Bill. As we prepare for the next farm bill, it is important to hear from both USDA and stakeholders to learn what’s working, and what is not. The horticulture title is broad –...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Dusty Johnson Joint Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Hearing

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Thank you, Mr. Chairman for hosting this joint subcommittee hearing on agricultural biotechnology. I’m grateful this is a joint subcommittee, because obviously there are enormous implications on both the livestock and horticulture sides, and we’ll get more done working together. There is a moral and technological issue facing this committee and society – how do we feed a growing world while being ...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Jim Baird Joint Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Hearing

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Good morning. Thank you Chairman Costa and Chair Plaskett for calling this hearing today. I appreciate our friends from the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee joining us for this discussion, and I am very excited for our Subcommittees to have the opportunity to discuss this incredibly important topic. I want to also thank our witnesses for joining us today for this dialogue – I look fo...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Jim Baird Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee Hearing: Supply Chain Recovery and Resiliency: Small Producers and Local Agricultural Markets

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, and thank you Chair Plaskett for calling this hearing today. I am excited for our Subcommittee to come together for the first official hearing for this Congress. Chair Plaskett – I look forward to developing a fruitful relationship with you as we serve this Subcommittee and the very important role that its jurisdiction – especially biotechnology, res...

Thompson Issues Statement on USDA Reopening Comment Period for Animal Genetic Engineering Regulations

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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’ Thomp...

Conaway, Dunn: USDA Biotech Rule Delivers on President Trump’s Pro-Innovation Agenda

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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 breedi...

Opening Statement: Ranking Member Neal Dunn - Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Public Hearing: “Economic Opportunities from Local Agricultural Markets”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. Good morning. We meet again as our farmers and ranchers back home continue to face tough times. Whether it’s new pest and disease pressures, shortage in good labor, or a shorter list of reliable crop protection tools; the list goes on. An economy that is booming for so many others is still not providing much-needed relief for many in the ag...

Dunn: Subcommittee Examines Opportunities and Challenges of Local Agriculture Systems

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing to explore economic opportunities from local agricultural markets. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Neal Dunn (FL-2) released the following remarks: “Today’s hearing was an important reminder that American agriculture is as diverse as ever. Every day, Amer...

Opening Statement: Ranking Member Neal Dunn - Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Public Hearing: “Reviewing the State of Organic Agriculture - Producer Perspectives”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. We again meet today against a backdrop of tough times in agriculture. Whether it is sustained flooding, early winter storms, or continued market uncertainty, agricultural producers face unbelievable risk. And for organic farmers, ranchers, and dairymen, that risk is no different. That is one of the reasons I am proud that we were able to co...

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