Specialty Crop Programs Examined by House Ag Subcommittee

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture met to examine specialty crop priorities for the 2013 Farm Bill Wednesday. Growers and representatives of the specialty crop community spoke on the effectiveness of current programs within the subcommittee's jurisdiction. Subcommittee Chair Austin Scott says growth in the specialty crops sector can play an integral role in our economic recovery. As farm policy is examined and the Agriculture Committee prepares to reauthorize the farm bill - Scott says it's essential to expand on past successes with programs that help grow the nation's economy.

Ranking Member Kurt Schrader says Wednesday's hearing was an important step forward in crafting a 21st century farm bill that invests in programs that generate significant domestic crop value. He says specialty crops as a whole make up nearly half of all domestic farm gate crop value. Schrader says it's important to recognize the need to substantially fund specialty crop programs in order to enhance the competitiveness of American agriculture and strengthen it going forward.

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