21st Century Food Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture's Role in Protecting Domestic Food Supply Chains and Infrastructure, Hearing Before the Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, July 29, 2021   [open pdf - 340KB]

This is the July 29, 2021 hearing on "21st Century Food Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture's Role in Protecting Domestic Food Supply Chains and Infrastructure," held before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. From the Opening Statement of Glenn Thompson: "I hope our Committee will move to hold hearings that explore the issues facing production agriculture, provide opportunities for oversight of the 2018 Farm Bill, and receive updates from officials in the Administration, including Secretary Vilsack. A hearing to review the state of the rural economy and our agriculture industry is long overdue, and I appreciate the Chairman's commitment to hold this hearing with the Secretary following the August work period. Thanks to innovation in agricultural technologies, American farmers, and ranchers, and foresters are not only conserving resources, but they are doing it while producing more food, feed, and fiber. Productivity relative to resource use for agriculture is up 287 percent in the United States since the 1940s, while total farm inputs remain mostly unchanged, the most efficient and productive agriculture in the world. Our specialty crop producers have also been able to adopt innovative technologies over time to increase yields, while decreasing inputs. Examples of these innovations can include hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and other greenhouse production methods. While hydroponics, and these other methods of production in a controlled environment, are not new concepts, there is an increased interest in utilizing these methods to supplement traditional production agriculture to ensure Americans have year-round access to domestic fresh fruits and vegetables, and to decrease our dependency on foreign countries to supply those same products. The diverse panel of experts before us represent all segments of our hydroponic and other controlled environment methods of production, and I think this hearing presents an opportunity to learn more about their work, contributions to agriculture, and where we go to from here." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Karm Giscombe, Edward Verbakel, Aaron Z. Gadouas, Jason E. Kelley, and Kevin Safrance.

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