Source: House Agriculture Committee
Congressman Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, held a hearing last week to review specialty crop and organic agriculture programs in advance of the 2012 farm bill.
The subcommittee heard from producers from operations of various sizes that grow a diversity of products, and they provided insight on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm bill program implementation at the ground level.
"I am once again reminded of the extraordinary diversity of products and practices represented by the specialty and organic sectors of our nation's agriculture industry," said Subcommittee Chairman Cardoza. "It is imperative we work together to address health and nutrition issues in this country by increasing accessibility to healthy fruits and vegetables. Based on what I have heard today, it is clear we have work to do but are on the right track."