The House Committee on Agriculture continued discussions related to the future of U.S. agriculture policy this week by hearing from a variety of agriculture economists and academics. The Committee heard from two panels of witnesses at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, discussing a variety of topics including possible commodity program reforms, beginning farmer programs, trade considerations and health and obesity issues, to name only a few.
Much of the discussion both from the invited witnesses and Members of the Committee related to proposals of how to best prioritize and spend limited dollars in future farm policy. A list of witnesses and copies of their written testimony can be accessed at http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/statements.html.
Additional 2012 Farm Bill field hearings continued today and will span into early next week. Committee members heard today from academics and producers in Morrow, Ga., and will travel to Troy, Ala. for more testimony on Saturday.
Hearings will continue in Lubbock, Texas on May 17, including testimony from David Cleavinger, wheat producer from Texas and former NAWG President, followed by a May 18 hearing in Sioux Falls, S.D. where Steve Masat, President of South Dakota Wheat Inc., will provide testimony.
For those unable to attend the hearings in person, live audio and video is available at the start of each hearing, and can be accessed at http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html.