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2012 Farm Bill — Sec. Vilsack testifies Wednesday

April 19, 2010

As promised, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture will begin hearing testimony this month on the 2012 Farm Bill.

Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the first to testify at 10 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, April 21.   The ag committee website says the purpose of the hearing is to “review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.”

Agriculture Online is reporting that Chairman Collin Peterson will hold a series of four field hearings from Apr. 30-May 4 in Des Moines, Iowa;  Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California; and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Field hearings will continue from May 14-18 in Georgia, Alabama, Texas and South Dakota.   It is expected that farm organizations like AFBF will be invited to testify this summer in Washington.

All House agriculture committee hearings are available live on audio and video.

IFB just formed a Farm Policy Task Force that will study farm policy starting this July and make policy recommendations for consideration in the 2012 Farm Bill debate.

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