Tag Archives: Agriculture Committee

Export Restrictions Receive More Attention at the WTO

As WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy and agriculture talks chair David Walker prepare for a ten-day Easter break in trade negotiations and resumption on April 29th, agricultural export restrictions are receiving increased attention. At a March 31 meeting of the Agriculture Committee and a later agriculture negotiations meeting, WTO members expressed concerns similar to ones raised […]

Legislation to expand ag trade with Cuba a positive step

Farm & Ranch Guide July 16, 2010 www.farmandranchguide.com Our Views Earlier this month the House Agriculture Committee passed legislation to expand U.S. agriculture trade and increase jobs, approving historic legislation that will greatly expand trade of U.S. agriculture products to Cuba. H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, is a bipartisan bill […]

House Panel Votes to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

The New York Times By YEGANEH JUNE TORBATI June 30, 2010 www.nytimes.com WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee voted Wednesday to reverse a decades-long ban on United States citizens traveling to Cuba and to ease restrictions on the sale of American commodities there. Though the vote is only a first step toward Congressional approval of […]

Senate ag chair Lincoln sees climate bill slog

 Reuters  September 9, 2009 Reuters By Charles Abbott September 9, 2009 www.reuters.com WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate faces "a heavy lift" if it tries to pass a climate change bill this year, the new leader of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Blanche Lincoln, said on Wednesday. Lincoln, a second-term Democrat from Arkansas, succeeds Tom Harkin of […]

Prodding the Liberal Agenda With a Pitchfork

 The Washington Post August 2, 2009 By Dan Morgan Sunday, August 2, 2009 Climate change legislation was moving along in the House in June when it ran into a tractorcade. Dozens of farm-state lawmakers, led by the blunt-talking Minnesotan who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, blocked the way. Only after Democratic leaders agreed to a raft […]

Pelosi, US House farm chief discuss climate bill

 Reuters June 2, 2009 WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi met the House Agriculture Committee chairman on Tuesday to discuss the climate change bill that he opposes but which is a priority for House Democrats this year. The Agriculture Committee is among eight committees with the right to review the climate bill. The bill […]

John Salazar: “He’s a real farmer”

The Denver Post December 5, 2008WASHINGTON — John Salazar’s name immediately came to mind when the transition team for President-elect Barack Obama asked the House Agriculture Committee chairman who should head the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The congressional Hispanic Caucus offered up Salazar’s name as well. Salazar won the backing, despite having completed just two […]

Farm Aid

The Washington PostCongress is gearing up for one of its twice-a-decade fights over a farm bill. Past battles have not produced sensible policy, and this year`s debate already is off to a troubling start. President Bush has submitted a farm bill that contains a number of desirable reforms. He proposes to eliminate commodity subsidies for […]

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