Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Farm Bill Hearing in Idaho

Minnick, Nampa to host House Ag Committee
Idaho farmers, ranchers to give input on 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. –The House Committee on Agriculture will be in Nampa this week to hear from Idaho farmers and ranchers as the Committee prepares to draft the next Farm Bill. The hearing will be held at Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday, May 1st. Idaho producers, processors, ranchers and researchers will testify about the state of Idaho agriculture.

“Agriculture is essential to our state’s economy,” said Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick, who serves on the committee. “Despite tough economic times, Idaho farmers have been among the most successful in the country. I look forward to them sharing their views with other members of the committee."

The hearing is one of several the committee is hosting around the country.
The committee chairman and other members of the House of Representatives will fly into Idaho specifically for the occasion. Their tour is part of an ongoing effort to solicit information as the committee prepares to draft the next comprehensive Farm Bill, the set of laws, regulations and programs which provide the overall framework for the system of U.S. agriculture.

“I am pleased that we will hear from farmers and ranchers in Idaho as we prepare to write the next Farm Bill,” Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) said. “Learning how the current Farm Bill is working on the ground for producers will help us make needed improvements and consider new ideas and new ways to provide an effective safety net for agriculture and rural America.”

Minnick has been a member of the committee since he became a member of Congress. He grew up on a wheat farm in eastern Washington, and has made agriculture issues a special area of focus during his service to the First Congressional District of Idaho.

More Information:
WHO: Chairman Colin Peterson, Congressman Walt Minnick and other members
of the House Agriculture Committee
WHAT: Field Hearing to Review US Agriculture Policy in Advance of the
2012 Farm Bill
WHEN: Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at 1:00pm MDT
WHERE: Northwest Nazarene University
Old Science Lecture Hall
623 Holly Street
Nampa, ID, 83686

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