A Message from the CREATE-21 Co-Chairs to the NASULGC System:
- Board on Agriculture Assembly
- Budget and Advocacy Committee
- Council on Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching
- Council on Governmental Affairs
The House Committee on Agriculture begins its final deliberations on the Farm Bill today. As that debate begins, we want to provide you with a summary of where we stand and links to key documents. (At end of this report.)
Let us note at the outset that Chairmen Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Tim Holden (D-PA), Ranking Members Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Frank Lucas (R-OK), and their staff have been very willing to consider all of NASULGC’s requests and have included most of the legislative suggestions contained in CREATE-21 (as introduced in HR 2398 by Representative Barrow and co-sponsored by Representatives, Bishop, Costa, Pryce, Space, Boyda, Kagen, Scott and Whitfield).
NASULGC and we urge you to support the House Agriculture Committee “Chairman’s Mark” as it is currently written.
On behalf of the land-grant community we have taken the following two positions and have communicated them to Reps. Peterson and Goodlatte:
1. We support the Research Title (VII) of the 2007 Farm Bill as reflected in the latest version of the “Chairman’s Mark.”
2. We oppose any amendment that would weaken, further complicate, or add bureaucracy to the quality product that the committee has put together.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) intends to offer an amendment — the spirit of which is consistent with our goals — that nonetheless complicates what the Committee has already achieved. The committee leadership has worked hard with other members of the committee, the research community, and USDA to put in place much of what NASULGC has requested. We understand the substance of the concerns behind the Graves amendment and appreciate that this is a complicated matter with varied views. But, after much consideration, NASULGC has decided to support the Chairman's Mark as it currently stands.
Thanks for all of your patience and hard work. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of us or Jim Richards
The CREATE-21 Co-Chairs
Jeffrey D. Armstrong
Robert D. Steele
L. Washington Lyons