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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

LetterJun 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

Coalition Letter to Sens. McConnell and Reid Supporting the Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Labeling

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid,

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Letter on Commodity End-User Relief Act

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee in support of the Commodity End-User Relief Act, which would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

LetterMar 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

Key Vote Letter to Senate Supporting S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting S. 2609, the “Biotech Labeling Solutions Act,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

LetterFeb 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

Coalition Letter to Sen. Roberts Supporting National Uniform Biotech Labeling Legislation

This week, the Chamber signed on to a coalition letter to Senator Pat Roberts supporting efforts on a national uniform solution on biotech labeling.

LetterDec 07, 2015 - 3:30pm

Multi-Organization Letter to House Speaker Supporting Reform of the Federal Sugar Program

We, the undersigned organizations, respectively urge you to take steps to begin reforming federal sugar policy this year. The House missed an opportunity to address this programmatic dinosaur in the Agricultural Act of 2014 when a number of other farm programs were significantly reformed.

LetterDec 04, 2015 - 4:45pm

Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting Uniform National Standards for Voluntary GMO Labeling

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Reid, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi:

CommentOct 13, 2015 - 4:45pm

Joint Comments to FDA on Supplemental Food Labeling Proposed Rule

TO: Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)Food and Drug Administration,5360 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061Rockville, MD 20852 RE: Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1210—Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplemental Facts Labels; Supplemental Proposed Rule to Solicit Comment on Limited Additional Provisions

LetterOct 08, 2015 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association Letter to Congress Regarding the Federal Sugar Non-recourse Loan Program

We are writing to urge your support for the first ever limitation on the size of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nonrecourse loans offered to sugar processors. Except for sugar, no other food processors are eligible for any USDA nonrecourse loans. In fact, in 2013, the failure of the sugar nonrecourse loan program cost taxpayers nearly $259 million.