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Spanberger, Katko Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness & Crisis-Response Infrastructure

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U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the United States’ ability to prepare for and respond to threats to public safety and national security. As the United States has simultaneously grappled with a public health crisis, a challenging hurricane season, and devastating wildfires, the need for comprehensive disaster model... Read more »

Augusta Free Press: House subcommittee examines impact of COVID-19 response on conservation programs

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AUGUSTA FREE PRESS A House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee hearing on Thursday focused on the impact that the government response to COVID-19 has had on Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. The hearing was led by subcommittee chair Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07). Spanberger stressed the dual economic and environmental benefits of voluntary conservation prog... Read more »

Spanberger Chairs Hearing to Review Impact of COVID-19, Economic Crisis on USDA Conservation Programs

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U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, today led a hearing focused on the impact COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis have had on Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, and what challenges or successes lawmakers and NRCS officials can learn from to improve program performance and flexibility fo... Read more »

The Hill: Bringing farmers to the table on climate change

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BY REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER (D-VA.), OPINION CONTRIBUTOR A stuffy Capitol Hill hearing room differs quite a bit from the wide open, rural landscape of Louisa County, Va. But no matter where I meet with Dustin Madison, his message is always consistent: agriculture and conservation are not separate worlds. They go hand in hand. In addition to growing corn, soybeans and other row crops in Virginia’s 7... Read more »

Virginia Mercury: ‘Growing Climate Solutions Act’ gives farmers a seat at the carbon market table

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VIRGINIA MERCURY, ROBERT WHITESCARVER At last, farmers and foresters might have a seat at the carbon market table. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House to create incentives and remove barriers for farmers and foresters to receive credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing soil organic matter – carbon. The “Growing Climate Solutions Act” wil... Read more »

Augusta Free Press: Spanberger cosponsors bill to cut penalties against rural utility providers

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AUGUSTA FREE PRESS Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) has cosponsored a bipartisan bill that would reduce the barriers that prevent many Rural Utilities Service borrowers from refinancing their debt to take advantage of lower market rates. All three electric cooperatives operating in Virginia’s Seventh District – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Southside Electric Cooperative, and Central Virgini... Read more »

In Louisa, Spanberger Announces Introduction of Legislation to Create New Loans for Crop & Livestock Producers Looking to Implement Responsible Conservation Practices

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**Click Here for a Photo from Spanberger’s Visit to the Madison Farm in Louisa** LOUISA, V.A. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry — today announced the introduction of her legislation to establish a “Soil Health Transition Loan Program” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support farmers an... Read more »

NBC12: Rep. Spanberger visits Louisa County, announces bill to support farmers

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NBC12, TONY FRANKLIN Democratic congresswoman Abigail Spanberger made a stop Thursday in Louisa County to discuss conservation and announce a new bill to help farmers utilize conservation practices. Spanberger visited a farm owned by Dustin Madison, just north of the Town of Louisa. Madison, who also works with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, testified before congress last year about... Read more »

CBS19: Spanberger bill would create loans to help crop, livestock producers

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CBS19 Representative Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, announced the introduction of her legislation to establish a “Soil Health Transition Loan Program” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, according to a news release. Spanberger, who is also chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, introduced this legislation to support farmers and pro... Read more »

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Letter to the Editor: Bipartisan program might help ease global warming

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH Editor, Times-Dispatch: Amid the bad news of the pandemic and the struggles we are having on so many fronts, there is some good progress in regard to mitigating global warming. Our federal legislators have introduced a bipartisan bill, The Growing Climate Solutions Act, which would establish a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to help farmers, ranchers and foresters im... Read more »

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