More on Agriculture
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, delivered the following statement at the House Agriculture Committee hearing reviewing U.S. International Food Aid Programs led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced the Massachusetts winners of $148,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Nationwide the USDA will award $6.7 million in grants to 544 energy projects across the country. These awards are part of the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Saturday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m., House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) will join local leaders to tour the Community Harvest Project (CHP) in Grafton and host a roundtable on The Farm to Health Center Initiative (FHCI) and its work to reduce hunger and enhance positive medical outcomes for low-income families in Central Massachusetts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning’s House Agriculture Committee hearing entitled: “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Means to Climbing the Economic Ladder.”
Food Safety Modernization Act
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
These changes are based on the invaluable input received from farmers, including you, and others directly affected by the rules. Thousands of comments were submitted electronically during the comment period.
Local and Regional Food Systems
The USDA is making a $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, such as farmers markets, food hubs, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other local food business enterprises.
In August, I organized a three-day, district-wide farm tour that included 20 stops at local producers, co-op markets, and food distribution centers. I was happy that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett, and MA Commissioner of Agriculture Greg Watson were able to accompany me on the tour.