Press Release | 114th Congress
Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson
Service in the Field: Veteran Contributions to National Food Security
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“Thank you Mr. Chairman. I’m really pleased that we’re having this hearing today. Welcome, today’s witnesses, to the Committee. Thank you for your service.
“I’ve heard from folks all across the country who want to farm or start a career in agriculture. But if they didn’t grow up on a farm, or have some other connection to farming, it’s nearly impossible for them to get started. We’ve tried to address some of these barriers to entry in recent farm bills by including provisions that will help recruit and support the next generation of farmers, including veteran farmers.
“There are also organizations like the National AgrAbility Project and the Farmer Veteran Coalition that are doing an excellent job providing support and resources to returning service members who are interested in farming. I’m looking forward to learning more about the work they’re doing.
“I’m also looking forward to hearing more on the role active duty service members play in agriculture development and outreach while serving oversees and how these efforts might relate to food security issues here at home.
“Again, I thank the Chair for holding this important hearing; I thank our witnesses for joining us today and yield back.”