HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMED
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has announced the new agriculture subcommittee chairmen and their and jurisdictions for the 108th Congress.
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) will continue to serve as chairman of the Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research Agriculture Subcommittee but with expanded jurisdiction. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over soil, water, resource conservation, small watershed programs, agricultural credit, rural development, rural electrification, farm security and family farming matters, agricultural research, education and extension services, plant pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds, insect pests and biotechnology. Lucas has been a member of the Agriculture Committee for more than eight years.
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS) will serve as chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Agriculture Subcommittee. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over programs and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, crop insurance and commodity exchanges. First elected to Congress in 1996, Moran chairs the Rural Task Force on Telecommunications, in addition to serving as an assistant majority whip.
Rep. Bill Jenkins (R-TN) will serve as chairman of the Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over peanuts, sugar, tobacco, honey and bees, marketing orders relating to such commodities, foreign agricultural assistance and trade promotion programs.
Rep.Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) will be the new chairman of the Department Operations Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee, which was the Subcommittee Goodlatte chaired previously. This subcommittee covers agency oversight, review and analysis, special investigations, food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs, forestry in general, forest reserves other than those created from the public domain, energy and biobased energy production and dairy. Gutknecht was elected to Congress in 1994.
Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) will be chairing the Livestock and Horticulture Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over livestock, poultry, meat, seafood and seafood products, inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities, aquaculture, animal welfare, grazing, fruits and vegetables, marketing and promotion orders. Hayes, elected to Congress in 1998, is an assistant whip in the House leadership.