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Subcommitte planning Missouri hearing later this month

Agriculture.com Staff 08/02/2006 @ 8:04am

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture, convened a hearing in Sioux Center, Iowa, Monday to hear from Iowa's agricultural producers about current farm policy and gather input about future farm policy.

This was the subcommittee’s first field hearing to review agriculture programs in anticipation of reauthorizing the 2002 farm bill next year.

"Today, we are here in Iowa to gather feedback about how current farm policy is working in fields and on the farms of America's agricultural producers," Hayes said.

The House ag committee recently completed a series of 11 field hearings to review federal farm policy in preparation for compiling the 2007 farm bill. The subcommittee will be hearing from producers in various regions of the country where the full committee did not visit in its farm bill field hearing series. The subcommittee on livestock and horticulture maintains oversight over programs, inspections and marketing involving livestock, poultry, meat, seafood and seafood products, and fruits and vegetables, aquaculture, animal welfare and grazing. These programs, as well as a variety of other farm bill programs, play a significant role in agricultural production in Iowa.

The hearing was hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-IA, who represents Iowa’s 5th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

"The agriculture committee is working to gather input from all agriculture producers as we head to the negotiating table for the next farm bill," King said. "Producers representing all of Iowa's farm industry came to discuss the future of our nation's farm policy. All new wealth comes from the land, and Iowa's farmers are taking agriculture beyond producing food and fiber, to producing food, fiber and fuel, which will help ensure our financial future."

The Subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses representing Iowa agriculture including livestock, crop, vegetable and grain producers. Hayes said he intends to convene other hearings to gather feedback from a variety of U.S. producers. The next subcommittee field hearing will be held in Missouri in August, with details to be announced.

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture, convened a hearing in Sioux Center, Iowa, Monday to hear from Iowa's agricultural producers about current farm policy and gather input about future farm policy.

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