Senate Republicans Release Committee Assignments

On Monday, U.S. Senate Republicans announced their committee assignments for the 114th Congress. The assignments are subject to ratification by the Republican Conference as well as the full Senate. New Committee Chairs will be selected by a vote of the members of each respective panel and then ratified by the Republican Conference.

To view the committee assignments, please click here.

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Chairman-Elect Conaway Announces Subcommittee Leaders for the House Committee on Agriculture

Chairman-Elect K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following statement today regarding the Subcommittee leadership for the House Committee on Agriculture.

“I am pleased to announce the men and women who will be leading the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittees during the 114th Congress.   These individuals will play a leading role in developing policies on an array of issues that are important to all Americans.

“A fellow West Texan, Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), will serve as Vice Chairman of the Committee.  We have worked together for years and I will benefit from his counsel as I continue to work for both West Texas and the nation.

“I would also like to congratulate Congressman Collin Peterson for being selected as the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee.  I have enjoyed working with Congressman Peterson and I look forward to continuing working with him in the 114th Congress.”

Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research: Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) 

Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit: Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08)

Conservation and Forestry: Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA-05)

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management: Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01)

Livestock and Foreign Agriculture:  Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07)

Nutrition: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

Peterson Statement: Conaway Named Ag Committee Chair

WASHINGTON – November 19, 2014 – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today made the following statement after it was announced that Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, will succeed Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., to chair the House Agriculture Committee during the 114th Congress.

“I congratulate Congressman Conaway on his election to Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. As a fellow CPA, I think we can find common ground as the Committee oversees farm bill implementation and reauthorizing the CFTC during the next Congress. The Agriculture Committee has a strong bipartisan tradition, which I look forward to continuing under Chairman Conaway.

“I would also like to commend Chairman Lucas for his leadership. While he will no longer be Chairman, I have no doubt he will remain a strong advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers and a respected member of the Agriculture Committee.”

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Mike Conaway Named Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture

Congressman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee selected him as the 50th chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 50th chairman of the storied House Committee on Agriculture.  The work that farmers and ranchers do is part of our country’s foundation.  They feed, fuel, and clothe our nation.  I look forward to building on the bipartisan work of the chairmen who have led this committee for the past two centuries.

“I represent, and love, rural America. It’s the backbone of our country.  The values and concepts that make America great are stored in rural America, and I want to protect that.  There are fewer and fewer voices representing rural America, and I am honored to be one of those voices. That is my overarching drive as the Committee moves forward.”

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Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

To view the entire announcement from USDA, click here.

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USDA Unveils Whole-farm Revenue Insurance Program

The Agriculture Department unveiled on Thursday its new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy. The new insurance program, run by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, allows farmers to take out policies on 50 percent to 85 percent of the entire revenue generated by a farm — including fruits and vegetables — rather than the traditional method of taking out separate policies for each crop that is grown. More from the USDA here: http://1.usa.gov/10C7qhg

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USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the Dec. 1, 2014, deadline to ensure that their vote is counted.

More information on county committees, such as the new 2014 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit http://go.usa.gov/pYV3 to find an FSA office near you.

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Lucas Applauds USDA for Moving Forward with Implementing Critical Drought Assistance for Farmers

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014– – Today, Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement welcoming the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will move forward with implementing the Actual Production History (APH) adjustment for 2015 spring-planted crops. This crop insurance provision in the Agricultural Act of 2014 allows yield adjustments when losses are widespread and beyond the control of producers.

“I commend Secretary Vilsack and his team on their efforts to implement this critical provision in the farm bill. The APH adjustment means everything to farmers all across the country who have suffered through year after year of devastating drought conditions. It is the difference between having viable crop insurance for the coming year or not. It is for these reasons that I worked to include the APH adjustment in the farm bill and why I am pleased the Secretary redoubled his efforts to get it done this year. I remain hopeful that USDA will also work to make the same relief available to winter wheat producers.”

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USDA FSA Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

Washington DC, Oct. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015 Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015 Mid-April through Summer 2015 October 2015
Land owners make base reallocation/yield updates Producers make election between ARC/PLC Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed

For More information, please click here.

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New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

September 29, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – Last week The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release announcing a new peanut revenue policy.  This policy was first introduced at the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation meeting September 17-18, 2014.  The Georgia Peanut Commission was represented at this meeting by Andy Bell of Climax, Georgia, and Dr. Stanley Fletcher from the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness.

View USDA’s Press Release Here.

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