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House Ag Announces Farm Bill Hearing Schedule

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House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas has announced a series of hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill. The six Subcommittees will hold hearings to hear from national agricultural stakeholders advocating for policy priorities. The hearings will begin in Washington, D.C. next week and continue through the month of May. Chairman Lucas says it’s important to consider a variety of perspectives when writing comprehensive legislation. He says the committee wants to gather as much information as possible so they can write sound and effective farm policy that works for all of agriculture.

The House Ag Committee has already held 11 audit hearings to look for ways to improve ag programs for farmers, increase efficiency and reduce spending. Chairman Lucas took committee members to the countryside to hear directly from producers in the field. He says it’s now time to hear the views of national ag leaders and stakeholders.

Next week (week of April 23) – subcommittees will review Rural Development, Conservation and Dairy Programs.

Here’s the full schedule:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Rural Development Programs

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Conservation Programs

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Dairy Programs

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Nutrition & Specialty Crop Programs

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Credit Programs

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance

Friday, May 18, 2012
Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Energy & Forestry Programs

Source: NAFB News Service