Wednesday the House Agriculture Committee approved three bills for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
H.R. 3519, the Veterinary Services Investment Act, establishes a competitive grant program at USDA to support efforts to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas. The bill passed the Committee by a voice vote.
 
“Right now, the United States is experiencing an alarming shortage of large animal veterinarians who are the first line of defense against animal disease and play an essential role in ensuring food safety,” House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson said. “The bill’s sponsor, Congressman Smith, and Subcommittee Chairmen Boswell and Scott have been real leaders on this issue, trying to find ways to encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas where their skills are badly needed.”
 
H.R. 5852, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010, reauthorizes mandatory price reporting programs run by the USDA for five years. It also adds mandatory reporting for wholesale pork cuts and electronic reporting for dairy products. The bill passed the Committee by a voice vote.
 
“Mandatory price reporting programs ensures that producers have access to transparent, accurate and timely market information that helps them make the best decisions for their business,” Chairman Peterson said. “There is broad support from producer, packer and processor groups to reauthorize these programs.

”H.R. 5509, the Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Improvement Act, is a bipartisan bill that will give farmers and ranchers in the Chesapeake Bay region additional tools to help them meet regulatory requirements imposed on them by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Congressmen Tim Holden, (D-Penn.), and Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research, introduced the bill, which has the support of a wide range of agriculture organizations. The bill passed the Committee by a voice vote.
 
 
Source: U.S. House of Representatives