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House Agriculture Committee reviews USDA Farm Bill proposals

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday reviewed the USDA's Farm Bill recommendations with Agriculture
Secretary Mike Johanns, according to a committee press release.

Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota convened
the Agriculture Committee's first hearing of the 110th
Congress and thanked the Secretary for the time and consideration that
went into his Farm Bill proposal.

"The Committee is receiving Farm Bill input from many sources, including
USDA, and I was pleased to see that Secretary Johanns
included some good ideas in his proposals, even though there are some
areas where we disagree," Chairman Peterson said.

"I intend to make sure that we protect the safety net, while adding new
initiatives that will revitalize rural America and help our
country achieve energy independence. It is an ambitious agenda, but I am
confident that we can do it."

Ranking member Goodlatte also welcomed the Secretary's testimony.

"Today, we had the opportunity to engage in a good dialogue with
Secretary Johanns and delve into the details of the USDA's farm
bill proposal. One of the ideas warranting further investigation is the
proposal to convert the current price-based
counter-cyclical program to a revenue-based counter-cyclical program..We need to understand exactly how that might work and the
implications for farmers and ranchers," said Ranking Republican Bob
Goodlatte.

Prior to the hearing, the Committee held a short business meeting to
approve the Oversight Plan and staff list. The members
unanimously approved both items.

Secretary Johanns' testimony and the Committee Oversight plan are
available on the Committee website: http://agriculture.house.gov.

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday reviewed the USDA's Farm Bill recommendations with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, according to a committee press release.

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