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Monday, 17 May 2010 14:57
WASHINGTON - Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson held a hearing to discuss U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill with economists and academics who study these issues.
"I wanted the Committee to hear from these distinguished academics and economists about the trends and emerging issues facing agriculture and rural America that we need to keep in mind as we write the next Farm Bill." Peterson said. "These perspectives, along with the input we are receiving from farmers, ranchers and others around the country, will help us craft policies that will address the evolving situation facing producers and others who use Farm Bill programs."
"I appreciate the effort of Chairman Peterson in providing opportunities for this committee to hear from a variety of perspectives on how we can better form policy for the 2012 farm bill," Ranking Member Frank Lucas said. "These hearings, both in Washington and out in the field, will provide insight and direction as we move forward in the process."
The Farm Bill is major legislation that authorizes many government farm safety net, conservation, energy, trade, marketing, food assistance, and rural development programs over several years. The current farm bill, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 was signed into law in 2008, and many of the provisions in that bill will expire in September 2012.
The House Agriculture Committee has held five other hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill this year, including a hearing in Washington, DC with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and four field hearings with farmers, ranchers and others who use Farm Bill programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Nampa, Idaho; Fresno, California; and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Over the next week, the Committee will hold additional field hearings in Morrow, Georgia; Troy, Alabama; Lubbock, Texas; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The House Agriculture Committee plans to provide live video coverage of field hearings on the Committee's website:
http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html. The Committee will also collect public comments about the Farm Bill on its website: http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/feedbackform.html.
Written testimony provided by the witnesses is available on the Committee website: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/index.html.
A full transcript of the hearing will be posted on the Committee website at a later date.
Dr. Bruce Babcock, Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, , Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Professor Neil Hamilton, Professor and Director, Agricultural Law Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa Dr. Jean Kinsey, Professor and Director, The Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota Dr. Rob Paarlberg, Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Dr. Scott Brown, Research Assistant Professor and Program Director for Livestock and Dairy, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri Dr. Otto Doering, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana Dr. Paul Ellinger, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Dr. Daryll Ray, Professor and Director of Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
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