Yesterday, both the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, and the Senate Agriculture Committee, held hearings in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.
House Subcommittee Hearing- Specialty Crops and Organic Agriculture
A news release from the House Agriculture Committee yesterday stated that, “Today, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, held a hearing to review specialty crop and organic agriculture programs in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.
“The Subcommittee heard from producers from operations of various sizes that grow a diversity of products, and they provided insight on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill program implementation at the ground level.
“‘I am once again reminded of the extraordinary diversity of products and practices represented by the specialty and organic sectors of our nation’s agriculture industry,’ said Subcommittee Chairman Cardoza. ‘It is imperative we work together to address health and nutrition issues in this country by increasing accessibility to healthy fruits and vegetables. Based on what I have heard today, it is clear we have work to do but are on the right track.’”
In a news release from yesterday, Subcommittee Chairman Cardoza also indicated that, “Today’s hearing comes on the heels of the first round of field hearings conducted by the full House Agriculture Committee on the 2012 Farm Bill. The Committee convened a hearing on May 3, 2010 in Fresno, CA. To read more, please click here.”
In his opening statement from yesterday, Subcommittee Chairman Cardoza indicated that, “Specialty crop producers have never sought direct subsidies even though their sector represents over half, more than 50 percent, of the total crop farm gate value in the country.” (Related audio– MP3- 0:39).