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

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
Farmer

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.

EventOct 10, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:00pm

FOOD FORWARD

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's second annual FOOD FORWARD summit is a future-looking platform where we will explore the future of food.

CommentAug 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

Problem Formulation Documents and General Guiding Risk Evaluation Principles"

The attached comments were submitted today to EPA regarding its notice, “Problem Formulations for the Risk Evaluations To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and General Guiding Principles To Apply Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations; Notice of Availability.”

Above the FoldJul 09, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pawns on a chess board

‘I Feel Like We’re the Pawns:’ Meet 3 Michigan Small Businesses Already Hurt by Tariffs

More than $2.3 billion in Michigan exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war, leaving business owners paying the bill.

CommentJul 09, 2018 - 11:00am

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Comments

Chamber members operate at all stages of the nation’s food supply chain and many food products marketed today contain bioengineered (BE) ingredients. It is imperative that AMS promulgates a standard that provides regulatory certainty for the food supply chain, allows consumers to obtain more information if they want it, and protects the biotechnology industry from harmful and stigmatizing mandatory warning labels.