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Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: "A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on Title II Conservation Programs"

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairwoman Spanberger. I appreciate you holding this hearing and the opportunity to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill’s Conservation Title. Title II conservation programs are voluntary and incentive-based, providing direct benefits to producers, their operations, and the land alike. The delivery of the farm bill’s conservation programs is a proven model that w...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Forestry”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairwoman Spanberger. I appreciate today’s hearing. We are entering the heart of the 2022 fire season. Already over 5 million acres have burned across the country with nearly 80 large fires currently burning. The Forest Service, this Committee, and those watching must understand that the West is facing a crisis. The Forestry Title of the farm bill must...

Thompson: Biden NEPA Revision Harms Farmers, Forest Health

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House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA) issued the following statement in reaction to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Regulations Revisions final rule: "In 2020, the prior Administration thoughtfully revised the NEPA process to streamline its requirements and prevent activist litigation ...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: "The 2021 Wildland Fire Year: Responding to and Mitigating Threats to Communities"

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Welcome, Chief Moore, and thank you for being here today. Like so many others who live in the West or near forests, this is an extremely important and personal issue to me and those that I represent. I want to begin by recognizing our firefighters on the ground who risk their lives every day to confront these disasters head-on. To our firefighters, I say thank you...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: The U.S. Wood Products Industry: Facilitating the Post COVID-19 Recovery

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, everyone. Chair Spanberger, thank you for convening today’s hearing. From furniture to baseball bats, and paper to lumber, our forests provide countless products and essential feedstocks for many American industries. Collectively, forest-related businesses support over one million direct jobs and 2.9 million indirect jobs nationwide, generating appro...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: Title II Conservation Programs: Exploring Climate Smart Practices

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: The 2018 Farm Bill offered important environmental and resource benefits through USDA’s suite of voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs. The conservation title provides an estimated $6 billion per year to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners for the implementation of practices that truly work. Through these voluntary programs, producers can improve s...

LaMalfa: Innovative Wood Products Encourage Forest Health, Rural Economic Growth

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a hearing to examine how innovative wood products can promote rural economies and healthy forests. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) released the following remarks: “Federal forest lands are economic drivers for many rural communities, but due to the decline in t...

Opening Statement: Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa - Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Public Hearing: “To Review Implementation of Farm Bill Conservation Programs”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning. Thank you Chair Spanberger for calling today’s hearing to review the implementation of conservation programs in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Over the course of 2019, we heard from many producers about the benefits of conservation and the assistance they receive from conservation programs. I learned of the many innovative conservation pra...

LaMalfa, Conaway: Farm Bill Conservation Program Implementation Well Underway

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a hearing to review implementation of conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following remarks: “In the 2018 Farm Bill, we prioritized a strong Conservati...

Opening Statement: Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa - Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Public Hearing: “Access to Conservation Programs by Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning and thank you to Chair Spanberger for calling today’s hearing. Today, we are reviewing access to the nation's voluntary conservation programs. Over the last 20 years, Congress has made significant investment in these programs by providing our farmers and ranchers the tools necessary to protect and conserve not only their land, but their way of life. C...

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