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U.S. House Agriculture Committee to Meet in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. - The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee has announced it will hold a special meeting in Yakima to talk with area farmers and ranchers.

The panel will meet in the Yakima Convention Center on Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. They plan to take testimony from local people about reauthorizing the 2002 Farm Bill that is set to expire next year. The list of people who have been invited to testify is expected to be released later this week.

Similar meetings have already been held in North Carolina, Alabama, California, Nebraska and Colorado. This will be the first meeting in the Northwest.

Area Congressman Doc Hastings encouraged the committee selecting Yakima and said he wants to make sure, "Central Washington's unique perspective is heard as Congress considers ways to improve the Farm Bill."

The 2002 Farm Bill deals with a variety of programs funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that include trade promotion, rural development, research and nutrition.