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Ranking Member Boozman on New USDA Food Crisis Plan

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s new proposals for additional agricultural producer flexibilities:

“For months I’ve been sounding the alarm on the need for the Biden administration to devise a plan that empowers American farmers and ranchers to help address the global food crisis caused by Russia’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine. While the administration is taking a positive step in announcing some measures that will spur double cropping of select crops this fall and into 2023, there is more the secretary can and should do to address the immediate challenges including administrative flexibilities to CRP and cover crops, which have been successfully implemented in recent years. The reality is it will take years for the benefits of this proposal to be realized while a food crisis ensues.”