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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Peterson Statement at Hearing on Energy and the Rural Economy: The Impacts of Oil and Gas Production

Agriculture is no stranger to fluctuating commodity prices and we’ve all witnessed the impact of extreme highs and lows. When commodity prices drop, rural communities, landowners, farmers and business all feel the impact. This is why it is important that we maintain a strong safety net and support a wide range of opportunities for rural citizens.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Peterson Statement at Hearing to Review State SNAP Options

I’ve been urging, for some time now, that the Committee take a good look at the flexibility states have when administering SNAP. I understand that this is done to simplify the process but I worry that it’s gone too far and they now have too much leeway.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Peterson Statement at Hearing to Review the State of the Rural Economy

While the rural economy remains strong, folks are getting concerned about the potential long-term impacts of deteriorating prices. Of course, this is why those of us on the Agriculture Committee work so hard to pass a farm bill every five years. I do have some concerns with the current bill but it’s at low price times like this that the bill’s safety net is so important.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Peterson Statement at Hearing to Review 2016 CFTC Agenda

I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Commission’s efforts to harmonize its rules with foreign regulators, create margin rules as a protection in the un-cleared swaps market, address cybersecurity and automated trading, and improve data collection.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Peterson Statement at Hearing to Review the Farm Credit System

The topic of today’s hearing is very timely, given what’s happening across the countryside right now. Commodity prices have fallen, and will likely continue to fall, and land values continue to increase. This has a lot of farmers asking if they will have access to the financing they need for the next planting season.

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