BC: THE END
FC: Agriculture Committee
1: Tori Williams Kayla Seigler Carlyn Rumbolo Arturo Soto
2: Jurisdiction The committee of agriculture is responsible for numerous matters regarding the subject and has been increasing in size as well as jurisdiction since its creation in 1820. The committee today is in charge of any international affair regarding taxes and trading agreements regarding agriculture. Along with this it has the ability to regulate and select prices for any agricultural related product. Its jurisdiction does not end there either it is in charge of anything that is rural development related thus including rural banks, rural telephone companies,rural water supply,rural housing loans and any environmental issues concerning the given rural community (flood control, air pollution). The agriculture committee is all responsible for the development of and formulation of agricultural commodities as well as any food safety issues such as inspections and food grading. One of their most newest powers is the ability to increase development of reservation areas and regulate the way any pesticide is used. | The committee can now review or concur legislation regarding reclamation on water products where the water pricing is taken into account as well as where the established commodity is to be sent and whether it is being used for agricultural purposes. It can also review legislation dealing with the Organic Act of the Department of Agriculture, the Commodity Credit Corporation, and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.among many others. It can also review federal fees imposed on livestock grazing. The committee is also allowed the ability to fund any agricultural research group that it sees can improve any agricultural condition. Finally, one of its most influential powers is its ability to impose on legislation regarding the Federal Reserve Board with respect to its authority to regulate the establishment of appropriate levels of margin on stock index futures contracts.
3: With increased jurisdiction the committee is now able to discuss and decide what issues in part should the U.S department of Agriculture take note of. Their simple task of just watching over agricultural products has clearly transcended beyond that with authority now over the breeding habits of livestock as well as conservation of animals. Its influence also extends to that of the people that depend on agricultural growth as an income. With new found duties and responsibilities the strength and role of this committee has increased as it no longer just involves itself with U.S affairs but International affairs as well.
4: He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election in 1994, and is currently serving his tenth term as a Member of Congress. Lucas served for five and a half years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, where he tirelessly defended the rights of private property owners and focused on promoting agriculture issues. | Congressman Frank Lucas is a fifth generation Oklahoman whose family has lived and farmed in Oklahoma for over 100 years. Born on January 6, 1960 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, Lucas graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. | Lucas has been a crusader for the American farmer since being elected to Congress in 1994 as well as working to protect Oklahoma values. Frank proudly represents Oklahoma's Third Congressional District includes all or portions of 32 counties in northern and western Oklahoma, stretching from the Oklahoma panhandle to parts of Tulsa, and from Yukon to Altus in the southwest.
5: Collin Peterson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota in 1990. His primarily rural and agricultural district reaches from the Canadian border in the north, almost to the Iowa state line in the south; along Minnesota’s border with North and South Dakota. | Peterson has organized and played in Congressional rock bands, including The Amendments and the Second Amendments. He and his colleagues have performed at charity events in Washington DC. The Second Amendments also performed for U.S. troops in Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and performed at WE Fest in Minnesota and Farm Aid in Illinois Congressman Peterson grew up on a farm near Glyndon, Minnesota and was educated in the local public schools. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1966 with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting, and also served in the North Dakota National Guard from 1963 to 1969. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, he was a Certified Public Accountant and small business owner in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and also served for ten years in the Minnesota State Senate. Peterson isRanking Memberof the House Committee on Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over a wide range of agriculture and rural development issues, including the Farm Bill, renewable energy, disaster assistance, nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, rural development, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, agricultural research, bioterrorism, forestry, and others.
6: Subcommittees | Conservation, Energy, and Forestry- This subcommittee focus on the preservation and conservation of the land including soil, water, resources, energy, and a small watershed program. This committee is run by Glenn Thompson and Tim Holden. | Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit- focuses on the running of the committee along with conducting special investigations. This is run by Jeff Fortenberry and Marcia L. Fudge.
7: General Form Commodities and Risk Management- Focuses on programs and things relating to cotton, cottonseed, wheat,feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, commodity exchanges, and specialty crops. This group is run by Micheal Conoway and Leanard Boswell. | Nutrition and Horticulture- oversees food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs, marketing and promotion orders, plant pesticides, and quarantine. This is run by Jean Schmidt and Joe Baca.
8: Livestock, Diary, and Poultry- controls livestock, diary, poulrty, meat, seafood and seafood products, inspection of those things, animal welfare, and grazing. This is run by Thomas J. Rooney and Dennis A. Cardoza.
9: Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture- oversees rural development, farm security and development, research, education, extension, biotechnology, foreign agriculture affairs, and trade promotion programs. Run by Timothy V. Johnson and Jim Costa
10: Committee Membership | There are 20 Democrats. | There are 26 Republicans. | The majority of the members are from very Agricultural dependent areas. | There is a total of 46 members.
11: Free Trade Agreements | The Agricultural Committee is working towards Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Korea, and Colombia. | Will be up for vote in the coming weeks. | Will created jobs for Americans, especially in rural areas. | Agreements are worth than $2.5 billion annually. Every $1 in agriculture exports adds up to $1.54 for our economy.
12: 2012 Farm Bill | This bill is designed to create energy, conservation, food assistance, and rural development programs over several years. | The current Farm Bill was signed in 2008 and many of its provisions will end September 2012. Right now audits are being done to see which farm programs work and which do not.
13: H.R. 872 | In March 2011, the House passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. The bill eliminates and reduces the costly and duplicative permitting requirement mandated by the EPA.