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Ag Progress Days – Congressman Thompson and Farm Bureau President Emphasize Importance of Agriculture PA’s Economic Strength

U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, and Carl T. Shaffer, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, hosted a “Barnyard Discussion” on agriculture policy during Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days.

“This is an important event that brings together folks in the agriculture community from across the Commonwealth and the country, which allows us to exchange ideas and communicate the latest developments in agriculture policy,” said Thompson.

Thompson outlined work in Congress to reauthorize the current Farm Bill, including a two-year series of audit hearings held by his subcommittee and six others under the jurisdiction of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee before drafting new federal agriculture legislation. The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the bill, H.R. 6083, July 12, and the full Senate passed its version, S. 3240, June 21. The current Farm Bill expires in September, 2012. More…