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World Ag Expo opens to visit by House speaker

Farm Bill discussions in high gear as Rep. Kevin McCarthy attends much-anticipated hearing.

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

February 15, 2023

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Members of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep David Rouzer, R-NC, left, House Ag Committee Chairman GT Thompson, R-PA, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy spoke with the press ahead of listening session on the Farm Bill during opening day of the World Ag Expo.Todd Fitchette

Political visitors to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. may not be rare, but never in the five decades of the event has a sitting U.S. House speaker and an entourage of House Agriculture Committee representatives been there at the same time.

Opening day of the World Ag Expo saw House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who’s district includes an area just south of the International Agri-Center grounds, join a bipartisan group of House Agricultural Committee members for a listening session on the upcoming Farm Bill.

House Ag Committee Chairman GT Thompson, R-PA, was joined by McCarthy and six ag committee members from California, including representatives Jim Costa, David Valadao, John Duarte, Salud Carbajal, Jimmy Panetta, and Doug LaMalfa, for a two-hour hearing on the Farm Bill.

“It just goes to prove that for this new Congress, agriculture is going to be an important topic of discussion,” said Jerry Sinift, chief executive officer of the International Agri-Center

Opening day attendance at the World Ag Expo appeared good for the first half of the day as about 200 people attended the Farm Bill listening session. Attendance Tuesday afternoon of the three-day expo fell quickly in the afternoon as a cold, stiff wind chased visitors off from of the outdoor exhibition.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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