Federal regulations determined by Congress, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), impact nearly every aspect of modern agriculture. To feed an ever growing world, farmers must produce both an abundant and affordable supply of food. The agriculture industry already works closely with government agencies to ensure that farmers have access to the resources, technologies and funding required to support modern and safe agriculture practices. How well do Congress and various federal agencies address the key issues facing modern agriculture? Is there a substantial revenue “safety net” for farmers? Panelists will examine the regulatory roles of Congress and the Administration, and discuss the areas where farmers need stronger support.

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