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House Hearing Delves into Grower Production Costs, Drivers

Friday, May 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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House Hearing Delves into Grower Production Costs, Drivers

Craig Regelbrugge


Late last month, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing focusing on the farm economy and factors impacting the cost of production. "Horticulture" is this Subcommittee's middle name, and AmericanHort seized the opportunity to file testimony describing some of the challenges confronting nursery and greenhouse growers, and how programs under the Subcommittee's jurisdiction are helping. We described how several key Farm Bill programs, such as the National Clean Plant Network, Section 10007 pest and disease prevention program, Specialty Crop Research Initiative, and Specialty Crop Block Grants, are working to meet critical needs in our industry. The hearing provided a critical opportunity to educate Subcommittee members and their House colleagues on what's working and what needs to be addressed.

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