Agriculture

Simpson to FDA: Listen to Farmers on Food Safety

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“Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released more than 1,236 pages of new regulations governing the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. While it is of utmost importance to preserve the safety of the U.S. food supply, I am concerned about the scientific necessity of this rule and the economic impact that it would have on growers in Idaho. “The prop... Read more »

Simpson’s Statement on EPA’s New Rule on Non-Navigable Waters

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule yesterday which would establish federal regulatory jurisdiction over non-navigable streams, wetlands and other water resources. Currently, non-navigable waters are regulated by the states. “Like many peo... Read more »

Simpson Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. The bill passed with a final vote of 216-208. "The certainty a farm bill provides to Idaho's farmers and rural communities is critical to the economy of our state," said Simpson. "I am encouraged by today's developments and hope... Read more »

Congressman Simpson Continues to Press for a Five-Year Farm Bill

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today joined colleagues in requesting a meeting with Majority Leader Eric Cantor to discuss the importance of allowing a five-year Farm Bill to be brought to the House floor so members can have a vote. Without congressional action, the 2008 Farm Bill and its authorized programs will expire at the end of this month. Simpson continues to urge his col... Read more »

Preserving America’s Family Farms Act Passes House

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is a cosponsor of the bill, which prevents the Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary from reissuing a proposed rule that would limit farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to hire youth to work in agriculture. “This DOL proposal was a misguided idea that threatened the ability of Ame... Read more »

Chairman Mike Simpson’s Grazing Provisions Pass Appropriations Committee

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, moved the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2013 through committee this week. The bill contains several provisions essential for preserving responsible access to public grazing and may be considered by the full House within the next month. “This bill strik... Read more »