GOODLATTE HOLDS FIRST FARM BILL HEARING
Members Hear from North Carolina Producers About Farm Policy
Fayetteville, N.C: Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, yesterday convened the first hearing to review the 2002 Farm Bill. This was the first in a series of hearings the Committee plans to conduct to hear from producers around the country. The sixteen members of the Committee attending the hearing heard from two panels of witnesses representing the diverse agricultural interests of North Carolina. The hearing was open to the public and attracted about 135 attendees. The Committee traveled to Auburn, Ala. today for the second farm bill hearing.
"As we travel throughout the nation, the feedback we receive from our producers will give us a good sense of how our farm policies work in practice and what improvements can be made within the financial constraints we face in Washington. Strong agricultural policy is vital to our farmers and ranchers. To ensure that American agriculture remains competitive and that our producers can continue to provide a safe, affordable, and wholesome food supply, we must hear from our producers," said Chairman Goodlatte.