WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., announced the new subcommittee positions for the 112th Congress.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. was named ranking member for the Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade, and Risk Management. He will also serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, and the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources.
“Agriculture has been a top priority since I was first elected to Congress in 1994, and I have served on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees continuously ever since,” said Chambliss. “Through work on multiple farm bills and other important agricultural legislation, I have been committed to supporting farmers, enhancing rural communities, and ensuring a safe, abundant and affordable food, fiber and fuel supply. Through my subcommittee assignments, I will continue to be a strong voice for Georgia and all of Southern agriculture.”
Following are the subcommittee assignments of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 112th Congress. Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts are ex officio members of all subcommittees.
Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade, and Risk Management
Chair: Sen. Ben Nelson
Ranking: Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Overview: Generally, this Subcommittee deals with matters regarding production agriculture and farming, including safety net, credit, insurance and commodity markets.
Jurisdiction: Oversight of the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services mission area and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Legislative portfolio is Titles I, III, V, XII and XIII of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and includes the following issue areas: the production of agricultural crops, commodities and products; farm and ranch income protection and assistance, including safety net programs and farm credit; commodity price support programs; insurance and risk protection; fresh water food production; agricultural trade; foreign market development; and futures, options and derivatives.
Members: Conrad, Baucus, Brown, Bennet, Gillibrand, Cochran, Johanns, Boozman, Grassley
Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation
Chair: Sen. Sherrod Brown Ranking: Sen. John Thune
Overview: Generally, this Subcommittee deals with matters of rural wealth creation and economic development, including bioenergy, renewable energy and renewable fuels.
Jurisdiction: Oversight of the Rural Development mission area.
Legislative portfolio is Title VI and IX of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and includes: rural economic revitalization and quality of life; rural job and business growth; rural electrification, telecommunications and utilities; renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvement on farms and ranches and in rural communities; innovation in the use of agricultural commodities and materials.
Members: Harkin, Conrad, Ben Nelson, Casey, Klobuchar, Lugar, Chambliss, Grassley
Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
Chair: Sen. Michael Bennet
Ranking: Sen. John Boozman
Overview: Generally, this Subcommittee deals with matters regarding conservation and protection of natural resources, as well as forestry.
Jurisdiction: Oversight of the Natural Resources and Environment mission area.
Legislative portfolio is Titles II and VIII of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, and includes: conservation, protection and stewardship of natural resources and the environment; state, local and private forests and general forestry; and pesticides.
Members: Leahy, Harkin, Conrad, Baucus, Klobuchar, Lugar, Cochran, McConnell
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops; Food and Agricultural Research
Chair: Sen. Robert Casey Jr.
Ranking: Sen. Richard G. Lugar
Overview: Generally, this Subcommittee deals with matters regarding food and nutrition assistance, non-program crops and research.
Jurisdiction: Oversight of the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission area and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (formerly Research, Education, Extension and Economics) mission area.
Legislative portfolio is Titles IV, VII and X of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, and includes: domestic and international nutrition and food assistance and hunger prevention; school and child nutrition programs; local and healthy food initiatives; food and agricultural research, education, economics and extension.
Members: Leahy, Harkin, Brown, Bennet, Gillibrand, Cochran, McConnell, Johanns, Hoeven
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
Chair: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Ranking: Sen. Mike Johanns
Overview: Generally, this Subcommittee deals with matters involving livestock and dairy production, as well as related markets, safety, security and competition issues.
Jurisdiction: Oversight of the Food Safety mission area and the Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area.
Legislative portfolio is Titles I (subtitle E), X (subtitle B), XI and XIV (subtitle B) of the Food,
Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, and includes: animal welfare; inspection and certification of plants, animals and products; plant and animal diseases and health protection; domestic marketing and product promotion; marketing orders and regulation of agricultural markets.
Members: Leahy, Baucus, Ben Nelson, Casey, Klobuchar, McConnell, Boozman, Grassley, Thune