Congressman Denham Addresses Valley Issues at Hearing Examining Specialty Crop Programs for the 2013 Farm Bill

Apr 24, 2013 Issues: Agriculture

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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today raised questions about specific issues relevant to California and the Central Valley’s agriculture industry at a public hearing held by the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture to examine specialty crop priorities for the 2013 Farm Bill. The Subcommittee heard from growers and representatives of the specialty crop community on the effectiveness of the current programs within the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction.

Last summer, the Agriculture Committee reported H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture, Reform, and Risk Management Act (FARRM). The FARRM Act achieved $35 billion in savings to reduce the federal deficit, while expanding popular and successful programs that recognize the diversity of U.S. specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops.  

Panelists included Ms. Sarah M. Frey-Talley, President and CEO, Frey Farms, Keenes, Illinois; Mr. William L. Brim, President and Owner, Lewis & Taylor Farms, Inc., Tifton, Georgia; and Mr. Barry Bushue, Vice President, American Farm Bureau Federation, President, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, Boring, Oregon.

Video of Rep. Denham’s exchange with panelists at today’s hearing can be found here: