Thursday, February 15, 2007

Peterson and Goodlatte testify on Farm Bill

House Ag Committee Chair Colin Peterson and ranking minority member Bob Goodlatte testified before the House Budget Committee regarding the 2007 Farm Bill yesterday (Feb. 14) about the importance of this bill and the budget impact.

“I appreciate Ranking Member Goodlatte joining me today as we discussed spending priorities for the 2007 Farm Bill,” Chairman Peterson said. “The Farm Bill
is an important set of policies that provide a safety net for agriculture
producers and rural communities and ensures that all Americans continue to have
access to the safest, most abundant food supply in the world.”
In 2006,
former Chairman Goodlatte led House Agriculture Committee members in a series of field hearings held across America to find out from farmers and ranchers, as
well as processors and consumers, about their views on the 2002 Farm Bill and
where it can be improved.
"Throughout our hearings, a common concern shared
by farmers and ranchers of all facets of agricultural production was the
increasing cost of environmental compliance requirements. I asked the
Budget Committee for the resources needed to help our farmers and ranchers, who
are our first and best stewards of the land, to comply with the complex and
costly web of federal regulation that govern land use," said Rep. Goodlatte

It is expected that the 2007 version of the Farm Bill will include many energy components for the expansion of renewable energy.

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