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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peterson Statement on House Budget Resolution

This is more of a political exercise than a serious debate but it could have a very real impact on the fate of the farm bill. There are ways for us to work together but this isn’t it. I believe there are areas of SNAP that can and should be reformed and where we can reach bipartisan consensus.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Peterson Statement at Hearing on Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops

I believe the specialty crop area is in a very unique position. Consumer demand is increasing but natural resources remain fixed and the labor supply is shrinking. It seems to me that the key to being successful will be through the wise use of technology and with an optimum regulatory structure that allows innovation to flourish.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Peterson Statement at Hearing on Derivative Clearinghouses

When we wrote Title Seven of Dodd Frank we anticipated that clearing could also become a central component of the swaps industry. Now, nearly 10 years after the financial crisis, that change is taking place. I think we can all agree that making our markets safer is a good thing.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Peterson Statement at Hearing on University Research

Agriculture research is vital to the industry’s future. The research done by our land grant universities and other institutions invests in the next crop of agricultural scientists and producers while ensuring that our farmers can be competitive and continue to meet the growing, worldwide demands for their products.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Peterson Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Small Watershed Infrastructure

Watershed programs are an incredibly important part of the conservation toolbox. Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of folks are really aware of the programs themselves or the benefits they provide which is why today’s hearing is so useful.

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