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First Steps Taken Towards Next Farm Bill

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson has held and scheduled a number of oversight field hearings across the country to advance consideration of the reauthorization of the Farm Bill which expires in 2012. The first of many hearings was held in Washington, D.C. on April 21st where the Committee heard from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Chairman Peterson said:

“This hearing is the first step in the process of writing the next Farm Bill. A bill this large and that covers so many important issues takes a lot of time and effort to get it right, and I am committed to a process that is open, transparent, and bipartisan. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and from all regions of the country to be sure that we put together a bill that supports the food, fiber, conservation, energy and rural development needs of this country.”

These hearings field hearings will help the Committee prioritize the continued need for important farm programs that have helped to support rural America and provide our country with an abundant, safe and affordable food supply.

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