House Agriculture Committee

To continue consideration of H.R. 2419, the 2007 Farm Bill

1300 Longworth
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:00:00 GMT

From, coverage of Thursday’s markup:

Passed by voice vote:
  • An amendment by Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, that would give broadband companies that bring services to rural areas 35 years to repay Agriculture Department loans. Currently, loans are typically paid off in 10 to 15 years.
  • An amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that would create a preference within USDA loan programs for projects that process and distribute locally.
  • An amendment by Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, D-S.D., that would set aside federal dollars to help public television stations in rural areas upgrade equipment.
  • An amendment by Adrian Smith, R-Neb., that would include ethanol by-product utilization as an objective of USDA alternative energy research.
  • An amendment by Conaway that would add goat meat to the list of products that should be included under the country-of-origin labeling law.
  • an amendment by Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., that would have allowed states to hire outside contractors to administer food stamp programs.