Peterson Announces Ag Committee Democrats

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson announced the 19 Democrats appointed to serve on the House Agriculture Committee for the 114th Congress.

“This is a great group of both new and returning members who care about the wide variety of issues overseen by the Agriculture Committee. I look forward to working with them, Chairman Conaway and members on the other side of the aisle this Congress,” Peterson said.

Democratic Members:
• Collin Peterson (MN-7)
• David Scott (GA-13)
• Jim Costa (CA-16)
• Tim Walz (MN-1)
• Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
• Jim McGovern (MA-2)
• Suzan DelBene (WA-1)
• Filemon Vela (TX-34)
• Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
• Ann Kuster (NH-2)
• Rick Nolan (MN-8)
• Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
• Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
• Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
• Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
• Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL)
• Alma Adams (NC-12)
• Gwen Graham (FL-2)
• Brad Ashford (NE-2)

Also, Rep. Tim Walz (MN-01) was appointed to be the Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Republican Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01) will Chair the subcommittee. Walz released the following statement:

“I am honored and humbled to have been appointed to serve as the top Democrat on this important subcommittee. The agriculture economy is cyclical, and we write farm bills not for the good times, but to ensure our farmers, who feed, clothe, and fuel the world can survive the bad. As we move forward in the 114th Congress, I’m eager to provide oversight to ensure the Farm Bill is working and to make certain our producers have the certainty they need to succeed.”

The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management has the following responsibilities:

Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; including the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies and statutes, including Federal Crop Insurance; producer data and privacy issues.

Oversight: Departmental, agency, and office oversight and investigations with respect to the mission areas of the Risk Management Agency and applicable operations of the Farm Service Agency.