Schock's pennycress amendment approved by the House

By WEEK Reporter

Schock's pennycress amendment approved by the House

June 20, 2013 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States House of Representatives approved Congressman Aaron Schock’s amendment to make pennycress one of the highest research and development priorities for the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

Schock says that pennycress farming will help U.S. energy production.

“One of the most important characteristics of pennycress is that it is an American grown crop that has shown an ability to bolster our domestic energy production, which will help reduce our reliance on foreign sources of energy," Schock said.

The amendment makes the development of a crop insurance program for pennycress a top priority at for the USDA.

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