Agriculture Policy & Farm Bill Briefing Book
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Committees

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The House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee have primary responsibility for most agriculture and related authorizing legislation. However, other congressional committees also have jurisdiction over programs and topics of importance to agriculture and food interests. For example, each body's Appropriations Committee has a subcommittee on agriculture and related agencies, where USDA's annual appropriations measures originate. The Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees and the House International Relations and Ways and Means Committees handle matters that impact exports and foreign trade; the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and House Resources Committees have jurisdiction over many public lands on which activities like livestock grazing take place; the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees consider tax and revenue measures, including those affecting farmers and ranchers, and so forth. The Legislative Information System (LIS) has links to all House and Senate committees.

Hearings

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House Agriculture Committee

03/15/01: Review the future of farm programs (wheat).

03/14/01: Review the future of farm programs (National Farmers Union).

03/08/01: Review the future of farm programs (barley).

03/07/01: Review of Farm Credit Administration's proposed rule providing for the issuance of national charters for the Farm Credit System.

02/28/01: Review the future of farm programs (Farm Bureau).

02/15/01: Review the future of farm programs (cotton).

02/14/01: Review the current state of the farm economy and the economic impact of federal policy on agriculture.

01/31/01: Committee "forum" to review the final report of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture; created by Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996.

Senate Agriculture Committee

03/06/01: Consider nutrition and school lunch programs.

03/01/01-
02/28/01: Review conservation programs in the current farm bill.

02/26/01: Review matters related to Farm Credit Administration, focus on FCA's proposed rule on national charters for Farm Credit System.

01/30/01: Review the final report of the 21st Century Commission on Production Agriculture, created by Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996.

01/18/01: Consider the nomination of Ann M. Veneman for Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Page last updated March 5, 2001.

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