New Farm Bill hearings announced by Senate Agriculture Committee

Continuing its efforts to develop a sound Farm Bill proposal that examines principles and solutions for the 2012 Farm Bill; the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has announced four hearings that will be held during late February and March.

The first hearing, titled “Energy and Economic Growth for Rural America,” will be held next week on Feb. 15; the second, titled “Strengthening Conservation through the 2012 Farm Bill,” will be held on Feb. 28. Two hearings are scheduled so far for March. Committee members will tackle the issue of “Healthy Food Initiatives, Local Production and Nutrition”on March 14  and then on March 21, it’s the topic of “Risk Management and Commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill.”

Reauthorization of the Farm Bill poses significant challenges for lawmakers in an election year.  Continued battles over the federal budget undoubtedly will add to the difficulty in crafting a bill that satisfies everyone. AVMA continues to educate elected officials about the important programs in the Farm Bill that help to ensure our country has a safe, domestic food supply.

The AVMA has established its legislative priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill. AVMA’s recommendations include reauthorizing the following programs: Agriculture and Food Research Institute; Animal Health and Disease Research/1433 Formula Funds;   Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program; and the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank.  The AVMA will also seek initial authorization for the Veterinary Services Investment Act.

The Agriculture Committee hearings are available for viewing through the committee website. AVMA encourages its members to watch the hearings to become more familiar with all of the issues concerning the Farm Bill.

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