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

Press ReleaseNov 21, 2016 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Report Reveals Potential for $28 Billion in Gains in U.S.-China Agricultural Trade

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a report which reveals that reducing or eliminating relevant tariffs and other behind-the-border barriers between the United States and China could result in $28.1 billion in additional cumulative gains in two-way agricultural sector trade over 2016-2025. The United States would realize gains of $17.6 billion – a nearly 40% increase over baseline projections.

LetterOct 24, 2016 - 10:45am

Letter on S. 3436, the “Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act"

This letter supporting S. 3436, the “Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act,” was sent to Senator Marco Rubio.

LetterOct 24, 2016 - 10:45am

Letter on H.R. 6100, the “Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act"

This letter supporting H.R. 6100, the “Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act,” was sent to Rep. Davidson.

CommentOct 03, 2016 - 4:00pm

Comments to EPA on Draft Ecological Risk Assessments for Atrazine, Simazine and Propazine Registration Review

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTO: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) DocketEnvironmental Protection Agency Docket Center (28221T)1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20460-0001

LetterSep 13, 2016 - 3:45pm

Letter on H.R. 3687, the "Cuba Agricultural Exports Act"

This letter was sent to the members of the House Agriculture Committee in support of H.R. 3687, the “Cuba Agricultural Exports Act,” which would repeal restrictions on financing for agricultural exports to Cuba. The Committee will hold a hearing on American agricultural exports to Cuba tomorrow morning.

Press ReleaseJul 14, 2016 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Praises National Solution to Biotech Food Labeling Issue

Legislation Passed Today Represents Major Step Forward in Providing Regulatory Certainty and Clear Consumer Information

LetterJul 13, 2016 - 10:15am

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 764, the Roberts-Stabenow GMO food labeling legislation.

LetterJul 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter to House Leadership Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

Dear Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Whip Hoyer,

LetterJul 08, 2016 - 4:15pm

Hill Letter to House Supporting S. 764 (Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling Legislation)

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges the House to consider and pass before the upcoming recess S. 764, a bill, which passed the Senate on July 7, to establish a federal standard for biotechnology in agriculture and preempt state labeling regimes.