Washington, D.C. Update

February 24, 2023

House and Senate Agriculture Committees announce subcommittee leadership

Last Friday, both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees announced their subcommittee membership and leadership for the 118th Congress. Below are the top Democratic and Republican members for each subcommittee.

Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade:
  • Chair Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • Ranking Member Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy:
  • Chair Pete Welch (D-VT)
  • Ranking Member Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)
  • Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources:
  • Chair Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Ranking Member Roger Marshall (R-KS)
  • Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research:
  • Chair John Fetterman (D-PA)
  • Ranking Member Mike Braun (R-IN)
  • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security:
  • Chair Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Ranking Member John Hoeven (R-ND)

The full rosters for the Senate Agriculture Committee’s subcommittees can be found here.

House Agriculture Committee

  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Risk Management, and Credit:
  • Chairman Austin Scott (R-GA)
  • Ranking Member Shontel Brown (D-OH)
  • Subcommittee on Forestry:
  • Chairman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
  • Ranking Member Andrea Salinas (D-OR)
  • Subcommittee on Conservation, Research, and Biotechnology:
  • Chairman James Baird (R-IN)
  • Ranking Member Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)
  • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Foreign Agriculture, and Horticulture:
  • Chairman Brad Finstad (R-MN)
  • Ranking Member Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
  • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry:
  • Chairman Tracey Mann (R-KS)
  • Ranking Member Jim Costa (D-CA)
  • Subcommittee on Commodity Markets, Digital Assets, and Rural Development:
  • Chairman Dusty Johnson (R-SD)
  • Ranking Member Yadira Caraveo (D-CO)

The full rosters for the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittees can be found here.

Senate Agriculture Committee holds hearing on nutrition programs

On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss nutrition titles as it prepares for the upcoming farm bill. Members of both parties noted the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs in ensuring families and children have access to healthy affordable food. Republican members noted USDA updates to the Thrifty Food Plan drastically increased the costs of nutrition programs, raising concerns about the possible implications of passing a farm bill this year.

Senate Agriculture Committee requests input for the 2023 Farm Bill

This week the Senate Agriculture Committee opened a form for stakeholders to submit feedback about the current farm bill and proposals for the upcoming farm bill. Interested parties can provide submissions here or email FarmBill2023@ag.senate.gov

House Agriculture Committee announces first hearing

On Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) announced the committee’s first hearing for the 118th Congress. The hearing will be titled “Uncertainty, Inflation, Regulations: Challenges for American Agriculture” and will occur on Tuesday, February 28.

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