Agriculture and Food Safety | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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

Above the FoldNov 14, 2017 - 9:00am
A combine harvesting wheat near Wasco, Oregon.

Terminating NAFTA Would Devastate American Agriculture: The View of a Wheat Farmer

Threats to NAFTA have already hurt U.S. wheat. Mexico is making deals with U.S. competitors Brazil and Argentina.

Above the FoldMay 09, 2017 - 11:00am
U.S. President Donald Trump with Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

How Allies Of Trade Came to NAFTA’s Defense

I have been impressed to learn just how broad support for NAFTA is among American companies of every size, sector, and region.

Press ReleaseMay 05, 2017 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Kicks Off TecExec Series with Event on Role of Tech in Agriculture

The U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) today kicked off its TecExec Series with “Farm to Table: A Tech Story,” an event discussing the role of technology in agriculture, retail, and the grocery industry. It also released the results of a Morning Consult poll, which shows that voters overwhelmingly say technology is beneficial to food production. According to the survey, nearly 8 in 10 voters say technology plays an important role in the grocery industry.

EventMay 05, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Farm to Table: A Tech Story

Join ​us ​as ​C_TEC ​welcomes ​Chris ​Hjelm, ​Executive ​Vice ​President ​and ​Chief ​Information ​Officer ​of ​Kroger, ​and ​Stuart ​Aitken, ​CEO ​of ​84.51°, ​for ​an ​inaugural ​TecExec ​Series ​event.

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.

Comment to RegulatorsOct 03, 2016 - 4:00pm

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

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING TO: 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.