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2014 Congressional Testimonies

March 2014

Subject: Statement by Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, to Discuss the Administration's priorities for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provide you an overview of the President's 2015 Budget (PDF, 79.1 KB)

Committee: House Agriculture, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Witness: Joseph Glauber, USDA's Chief Economist, and Michael Young, USDA's Budget Officer

Date: March 14, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, to Present the Administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request for USDA's Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) (PDF, 77.6 KB)

Committee: House Agriculture, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

Witness: Audrey Rowe, the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Date: March 19, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Audrey Rowe, Administrator Food and Nutrition Service, to Testify on the programs and services administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) (PDF, 66.2 KB)

Committee: House Agriculture, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

Date: March 19, 2014

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Subject: Statement by Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, discuss the Administration's priorities for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provide you an overview of the President's 2015 Budget (PDF, 80.0 KB)

Committee: House Agriculture, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate

Witness: Joseph Glauber, USDA's Chief Economist, and Michael Young, USDA's Budget Officer

Date: March 26, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Dr. Catherine E. Woteki, USDA's Chief Scientist and Under Secretary, to Discuss the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budgets for the REE mission area agencies (PDF, 69.6 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Witness: Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS); Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); Dr. Mary Bohman, Administrator of the Economic Research Service (ERS); and Dr. Cynthia Clark, Administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS); Donald Bice, the Associate Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis

Date: March 26, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Mr. Edward Avalos, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, to Discuss the activities of the Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) mission area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and to present the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposals for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) (PDF, 64.7 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives

Witness: Ms. Anne Alonzo, Administrator of AMS; Mr. Kevin Shea, Administrator of APHIS; and Mr. Larry Mitchell, Administrator of GIPSA

Date: March 31, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Doug O'Brien,Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, to Present the President's 2015 Budget for the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development mission area (PDF, 77.5 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives

Witness: Mr. John Padalino, Ms. Lillian Salerno and Mr. Tony Hernandez, Administrators for Rural Development's Utilities, Business and Cooperatives, and Housing and Community Facilities Programs, respectively; Mr. Michael Young, USDA's Budget Officer

Date: March 31, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Tom Tidwell, Chief of the USDA Forest Service, to Testify on the President's Budget request for the Forest Service for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (PDF, 88.7 KB)

Committee: House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Date: March 31, 2014

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April 2014

Subject: Statement of Philip Derfler, Deputy Administrator, to Discuss the status of the agency's work to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products and to prevent foodborne illness (PDF, 50.2 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Date: April 03, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Brian Ronholm, Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, to Discuss the status of the agency's programs and policies (PDF, 72.1 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives

Witness: Al Almanza, Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Michael Young, USDA's Budget Officer

Date: April 03, 2014

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Subject: Statement by Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, to Discuss the state of the rural economy (PDF, 72.8 KB)

Committee: House Committee on Agriculture

Date: April 03, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Juan Garcia, Administrator, to Provide information on Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and funding (PDF, 64.3 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives

Date: April 08, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Phil Karsting, Administrator, to Report on the accomplishments of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and to present the President's Budget request for FAS programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 (PDF, 82.7 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Date: April 08, 2014

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Subject: Statement by Michael T. Scuse Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, to Present the 2015 Budget and program proposals for the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) mission area of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) (PDF, 84.4 KB)

Committee: House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Witness: Brandon Willis, Administrator of the Risk Management Agency; Phil Karsting, Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service; and Juan Garcia, Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. We also are accompanied by Michael Young, Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis, and Jason Weller, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Date: April 08, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Jason Weller, Chief, NRCS, to Discuss the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (PDF, 85.3 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives

Date: April 08, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Brandon Willis, Administrator of RM, to discuss the 2015 budget for the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Federal Crop Insurance program (PDF, 56.6 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

Date: April 08, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Jeff Pettis, Research Leader of Agricultural Research Service, to Discuss a serious threat to the honey bee and thus our food security in the United States (PDF, 40.1 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture

Date: April 29, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Dr. Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist of USDA, to Testify on the State of the Livestock and Poultry Sectors (PDF, 896 KB)

Committee: U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development And Credit

Date: April 30, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Tom Tidwell, Chief of the USDA Forest Service, to Testify on the President's Budget Request for the Forest Service for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (PDF, 74.8 KB)

Committee: Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Date: April 30, 2014

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May 2014

Subject: Statement of Doug O'Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, to discuss USDA Rural Development's use of regional strategies in economic development (PDF, 68.8 KB)

Committee: Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation

Date: May 1, 2014

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Subject: Statement by Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, to provide an update on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) (PDF, 127 KB)

Committee: Senate Committee on Agriculture

Date: May 7, 2014

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Subject: Statement of James Hubbard, Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, U. S. Department 0f Agriculture, to provide testimony on our longstanding and productive partnerships with Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations as we responsibly manage shared resources, improve the health of our forests across boundary lines, support rural economies, and work together to make both public and Tribal lands more resilient (PDF, 219 KB)

Committee: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Wildfires and Forest Management

Date: May 14, 2014

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June 2014

Subject: Statement of Dan Engeljohn, PhD, Assistant Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Office of Field Operations, USDA, to Explain the Current State of U.S. Regulatory Oversight of Poultry Exported from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for Human Food (PDF, 49.8 KB)

Committee: Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Date: June 17, 2014

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Subject: Testimony of Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, USDA, to discuss the Interpretive Rule (IR) regarding the applicability of certain agricultural exemptions from Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act (CWA) (PDF, 106 KB)

Committee: Committee on Agriculture; Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, And Forestry; United States House of Representatives

Date: June 19, 2014

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Subject: Chris Beyerhelm, Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs, Farm Service Agency, to provide an update on the credit conditions rural America now faces, and the current status and operations of the farm loan programs at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) (PDF, 137 KB)

Committee: House Committee on Agriculture; Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit

Date: June 25, 2014

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July 2014

Subject: Statement by Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, today to Provide an update of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in implementing Title I, the Commodity Title, and Title XI, the Crop Insurance Title, of the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill (PDF, 81.6 KB)

Committee: House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

Date: July 10, 2014

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Subject: Testimony of Dr. Jere Dick, Associate Administrator of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, to Testify today about the inspection conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) into the release of possibly live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Roybal campus (PDF, 48.3 KB)

Committee: House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Date: July 14, 2014

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Subject: Statement of John C. Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, USDA, to Testify this morning regarding Future Investments in Broadband (PDF, 70.2 KB)

Committee: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit

Date: July 29, 2014

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September 2014

Subject: Statement by Lisa Mensah, Nominee for Under Secretary of the USDA, Rural Development, to appear before U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, as President Obama's nominee for Under Secretary of Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (PDF, 85.3 KB)

Committee: U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Date: September 4, 2014

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Subject: Testimony of Thomas Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, USDA, to Provide perspective on the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the stewardship of water resources on National Forest System (NFS) lands (PDF, 60.6 KB)

Committee: United States House Of Representatives Committee On Agriculture Subcommittee On Conservation, Energy And Forestry

Date: September 10, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Tom Vilsack, Secretary of USDA, to Provided in Section 4022 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, relating to state pilot projects to reduce dependency and increase work effort under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (PDF, 88.7 KB)

Committee: House Committee on Agriculture

Date: September 17, 2014

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Subject: Testimony Of Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, to discuss the importance of soil health for our nation's agriculture, our environment, and our future (PDF, 100 KB)

Committee: Committee on Agriculture; Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry; United States House of Representatives

Date: September 18, 2014

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Subject: Statement of Anthony J. Preite, Rural Development State Director for Montana, USDA, A More Efficient and Effective Government: Examining Efforts to Address Law Enforcement, Infrastructure and Economic Development in the Bakken (PDF, 56.9 KB)

Committee: Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce - Sidney, Montana Field Hearing

Date: September 26, 2014

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December 2014

Subject: Testimony of Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, to Discuss the importance of voluntary conservation for protecting and improving our nation's land and water resources and in particular, the role of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs in improving water quality in our lakes and rivers through voluntary conservation practices (PDF, 85.4 KB)

Committee: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Date: December 3, 2014

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