The House Ag Committee held another field hearing in its series of hearings scheduled across the country to review U.S. ag policy. Monday's hearing was held in Fayetteville, N.C. Around 115 Fayetteville citizens and local ag producers and leaders attended the hearing. Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Rural Development Mike McIntyre, D-N.C says the hearing was an opportunity for North Carolina farmers and community leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities agriculture faces.
Representative Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., says most farms are small businesses and remain the backbone of the strength of the economy in rural America. He says the Committee must do everything in its power to alleviate burdens on the family businesses and create an environment that will foster positive economic growth.
McIntyre says North Carolina plays an important role in the nation's ag system. According to USDA the state is the nation's top producer of tobacco and ranks second in the nation among states growing poultry, eggs, hogs, cut Christmas trees and short rotation woody crops. More than 120,000 acres of land in the state are enrolled in USDA conservation programs.