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Background
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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee was created on May 3, 1820. At the time there were 213 total House representatives and a country population of 9 million. The inaugural committee was chaired by Thomas Forrest.[1]

Leadership

114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Michael Conaway (R).

113th Congress

The committee chairman in the 113th Congress was Frank Lucas (R).[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Frank Lucas (R).

Membership

2015-2016 (114th Congress)

As of late-March, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.


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Subcommittees

Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Soil, water, and resource conservation, small watershed program, energy and biobased energy production, rural electrification, forestry in general and forest reserves other than those created from the public domain.[3]

Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Agency oversight, review and analysis, special investigations, and agricultural credit.[3]

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Program and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk management, including crop insurance, commodity exchanges, and specialty crops.[3]

Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Rural Development, farm security and family farming matters, biotechnology, foreign agriculture assistance, and trade promotion programs, generally.[3]

Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Livestock, dairy, poultry, meat, seafood and seafood products, inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities, aquaculture, animal welfare, and grazing.[3]

Jurisdiction

According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Agriculture committee includes the following:

  1. Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and protection of birds and animals in forest reserves.
  2. Agriculture generally.
  3. Agricultural and industrial chemistry.
  4. Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.
  5. Agricultural economics and research.
  6. Agricultural education extension services.
  7. Agricultural production and marketing and stabilization of prices of agricultural products, and commodities (not including distribution outside of the United States).
  8. Animal industry and diseases of animals.
  9. Commodity exchanges.
  10. Crop insurance and soil conservation.
  11. Dairy industry.
  12. Entomology and plant quarantine.
  13. Extension of farm credit and farm security.
  14. Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, and seafood and seafood products.
  15. Forestry in general, and forest reserves other than those created from the public domain.
  16. Human nutrition and home economics.
  17. Plant industry, soils, and agricultural engineering.
  18. Rural electrification.
  19. Rural development.
  20. Water conservation related to activities of the Department of Agriculture.

Contact

1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-2171
Fax: 202-225-0917

See also

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