Source: House Committee on Agriculture
On Tuesday, Glenn “GT” Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, hosted the first official Farm Bill listening session in Tulare, California at the World Ag Expo.
The bipartisan panel featured members from across the country, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20), Rep. David Valadao (CA-22), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-21), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-24), Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07), Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Rep. John Rose (TN-06), and Rep. John Duarte (CA-13).
Members heard from a diverse group of stakeholders representing specialty crops, dairy, crop insurance, nutrition assistance, water, and more.
Following the listening session, Members participated in a tour of the Expo.
“I remain committed to bringing the voices of rural America to the table as we deliberate the 2023 Farm Bill. Our first official bipartisan listening session at the World Ag Expo was a tremendous success, and I’d like to thank Speaker McCarthy, Rep. David Valadao, and all my colleagues for joining me to hear from those directly impacted by this critical legislation.
“The feedback we received will serve as a guide while crafting a Farm Bill that meets the needs of all farmers, ranchers, producers, foresters, and consumers nationwide,” said Chairman Thompson.
“The United States is one of the top agricultural producers in the world – a testament to our hardworking farmers. Addressing their needs is one of our main priorities this Congress.
“I am thankful for the leadership of Chairman Thompson, and look forward to working with him and my colleagues who attended the World Ag Expo to advance important legislation to help empower the Central Valley and America’s agricultural producers,” said Speaker McCarthy.