Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson: American Agriculture and Our National Security

Nov 4, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues, Foreign Affairs

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. And I’d like to welcome today’s witnesses to the Agriculture Committee.

A strong agriculture sector and stable food supply is critical to national security. And agriculture has an important role to play when it comes to our country’s national security interests, something I don’t think a lot of people really understand.

Today’s hearing will allow us to examine the threats and any vulnerability to agriculture and the economic impact these could have. I have particular interest in HPAI and look forward to discussing this and other threats.

With that, I yield back, Mr. Chairman.”