The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Chairman David Scott (Ga.) this week held a hearing to review livestock and related U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.
"Today's hearing was an extremely productive one and allowed us to explore, in depth, a wide array of issues with the department. It also brought to light several issues that we will have to investigate more thoroughly in the future. Overall, however, I feel that the hearing was a valuable and necessary part of our oversight of the 2008 Farm Bill and has provided crucial insight into problems that will need to be addressed as we develop the next Farm Bill," Scott said.
The subcommittee heard testimony from Edward M. Avalos, under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Avalos was joined by administrators Cindy Smith, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Rayne Pegg, Agricultural Marketing Service; and J. Dudley Butler, Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration.
Written testimony provided by the witnesses is available on the committee Web site at http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/index.html. A full transcript of the hearing will be posted at a later date.