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Spanberger Statement on U.S. Senate Passing Growing Climate Solutions Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee — today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted 92 to 8 to pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation led in the U.S. House by Spanberger and U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-NE-02). “The Growing Climate Solutions Act is a ...

Spanberger Joins Senator Tina Smith in Leading Introduction of Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Popular & Effective Rural Energy for America Program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee — joined U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in leading the introduction of a bipartisan, bicameral bill aimed at improving the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides financial assistance to farmers, ...

Culpeper Star-Exponent: Climate bill sails through U.S. Senate; House bill's prospects look promising

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CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT, CLINT SCHEMMER Prospects for curbing climate change gained traction Thursday with a big U.S. Senate vote for a farm bill and word that a House panel should act soon on a companion measure in that chamber. Senators voted 92 to 8 to pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which would make carbon credits more accessible to farmers and agricultural producers. The legislation wo...

Agri-Pulse: Senate OKs bill to boost ag carbon markets

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AGRI-PULSE, PHILIP BRASHER A bill that would lay the groundwork for ag carbon markets by putting USDA in charge of certifying farm advisers and credit verifiers won easy Senate approval Thursday in a defeat for some progressives and fossil fuel advocates on opposite sides of the climate issue. Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that passage of the Growing Climate Solution...

Spanberger, Miller-Meeks Introduce House Companion of Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Combat Anticompetitive Practices in Meat Processing Industry, Protect Nation’s Food Supply

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-02) today introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would tackle anticompetitive practices in the meat and poultry industries that threaten the American food supply and U.S. national security. The Meat Packing Special Investigator Act — introduced in the wake of the recent ransomware attack o...

POLITICO: Pressure building to tap USDA special investigator for meat market disparities

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POLITICO, RYAN MCCRIMMON A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is joining the push to designate a special investigator at the Agriculture Department focused on antitrust issues in the meatpacking industry. Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would create a “special investigator for competition matters” within USDA’s...

Farm Progress: Vilsack holds roundtable discussion on Virginia farm

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FARM PROGRESS, JACQUI FATKA Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., hosted USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in Amelia County, Virginia, on June 18, for a roundtable discussion with Central Virginia farmers, producers and agribusinesses. Following the roundtable discussion, Vilsack and Spanberger toured Featherstone Farm and heard directly from the farm’s operators about how they have been able to use newly avai...

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack Joins Spanberger in Amelia County to Discuss Rural America’s Economic Recovery with Central Virginia Crop & Livestock Producers

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AMELIA COURT HOUSE, V.A. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack in Amelia County, Virginia for a roundtable discussion with Central Virginia farmers, producers, and agribusinesses. At Featherstone Farm in Amelia County, Secretary Vilsack and Spanberger heard from local farmers about issues facing the farm economy as it rebu...

8News: Without broadband expansion, Virginia farmers will fall behind, U.S. Sec. Agriculture says

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8NEWS, JACKIE DEFUSCO Expanding broadband to the 35 percent of rural Americans who still don’t have access to high speed internet is critical to keep the country’s agriculture industry competitive and to protect the environment. That was the message on Friday when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger for a round table with about 50 Virginia farmers at Feat...

Spanberger Backs Bipartisan Bill to Ease Trucking Regulations on Haulers, Allow for Safe Transport of Livestock

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HENRICO, V.A. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — a Member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee — is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill that would cut red tape and provide much-needed flexibility for livestock and agriculture haulers. Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) requirements limit the time a commercial motor vehicle driver may b...