FARM BILL HEARING SCHEDULED MAY 15 IN TROY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama farmers and ranchers will get their first opportunity to address concerns about the 2012 Farm Bill when the House Agriculture Committee holds a hearing about U.S. farm policy Saturday, May 15, at Cattlemen's Park in Troy. The hearing begins at 1 p.m.
The first series of hearings began April 30 in Des Moines, Iowa, Nampa, Idaho, Fresno, Calif., and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Other cities included on the second series of field hearings May 14-18 are Morrow, Ga., Lubbock, Texas and Sioux Falls, S.D.
"These hearings are a critical first step in shaping what the next Farm Bill will look like," said Buddy Adamson, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Bee & Honey, Wheat & Feed Grains and Cotton divisions. "This is the first chance for Alabama farmers to tell how they are impacted by decisions made in Washington."
According to Adamson, the Alabama Farmers Federation is already working to ensure that the state's farmers and ranchers -- in all commodities -- have the opportunity to voice their positions on various agricultural issues. Several members of the House Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), attend each hearing.
The House Agriculture Committee also plans to provide live video coverage of each hearing on its Web site at agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html. Public comments will also be collected online at http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/feedbackform.html. All comments received online by June 14 will be included in the committee's Farm Bill field hearing record.