CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT REGARDING USDA’S DENIAL OF COTTONSEED ELIGILIBITY FOR FARM BILL POLICIES
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee of Agriculture, released the following statement regarding his disappointment on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s refusal to label cottonseed as “other oilseeds” within the Farm Bill, an action which may negatively affect the cotton industry:
“I am greatly disappointed in the USDA’s failure to support the cotton industry by re-labeling cottonseed to a classification allowing needed relief for struggling cotton farmers. Today, I expressed these concerns directly to Secretary Vilsack and he assured that he would try his best to assist in the reclassification of cottonseed. I intend to work with my colleagues within the House and Senate to find a solution to this oversight.”
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