Agriculture and Food Safety

The U.S. Chamber strongly believes that America’s food supply must be abundant, affordable, and the world’s safest.

It must be abundant to not only feed Americans with nutritious food, but increasingly to help feed the world. One in three acres of American farmland is already planted for overseas markets, helping to substantially drive down our trade deficit.

It must be affordable because food costs are American household’s third highest expense.

And it must be the safest in the world to ensure the public health of American families.

The U.S. Chamber’s priorities include:

  • Food Safety. Ensure that the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 is sensibly and effectively implemented without unduly burdening the food industry, American farmers, and consumers.
  • Farm Bill. Support efforts to enact a sensible farm bill to strengthen domestic agriculture and food production, increase exports, and promote competition and low food prices.
  • Sugar Program. Work to reform U.S. sugar price support and production quota programs that will allow buyers and sellers to conduct business in a competitive marketplace, without unnecessary and costly government intrusion. The sugar program, which keeps U.S. sugar prices artificially high, has raised consumer costs by $4 billion.
  • Food Product Advertising. Help ensure that food product advertising regulation does not unduly hinder competition or limit consumer choice and is consistent with all applicable laws and the First Amendment. 

Recent Activity

EventOct 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
USAfBC Private Sector AGOA Forum

Private Sector AGOA Forum- Leveraging New Pathways in Trade: Enabling Digital Economy

The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center's private sector AGOA Forum on the digital economy, an official virtual private sector event to complement the Virtual AGOA Trade Ministerial hosted by USTR on October 20-21.

Letters to CongressSep 23, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on a Hearing on Voluntary Carbon Markets

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Agriculture, on a hearing entitled, "Voluntary Carbon Markets in Agriculture and Forestry." This letter also reiterates our support for S. 1251, the "Growing Climate Solutions Act."

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

Above the FoldNov 25, 2019 - 9:45am
Farmers, Ranchers Thanksgiving

We Give Thanks for American Farmers, Ranchers

Expanded export trade under USMCA benefits American farmers and ranchers, who provide our Thanksgiving favorites year over year.

Letters to CongressOct 30, 2019 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

This Hill letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

Letters to CongressOct 30, 2019 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3055

This Hill letter was sent to the United States Senate, on H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.

Above the FoldOct 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Africa farming

Des Moines Agriculture Innovations are Changing the World

The relevance of emerging technologies cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to agriculture in 21st century Africa.

EventOct 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

U.S.-Africa AgTech Forum

The day-long conference will bring together stakeholders from government, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture sector in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability by incorporating technology across agricultural value chains in support of smallholder farmers.

Above the FoldSep 09, 2019 - 1:00pm

Top 7 Reasons Congress Must Pass USMCA This Fall

Here are the key reasons Congress needs to pass USMCA early this fall/

Letters to CongressNov 27, 2018 - 11:00am

Water Infrastructure Provisions in the Farm Bill Reauthorization

This letter was sent to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, on water infrastructure provisions in the Farm Bill reauthorizations.