Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize and Improve the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, by voice vote.
The Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry joined with the Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to hold a joint hearing on "Challenges facing Domestic Oil and Gas Development: Review of Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service Ban on Horizontal Drilling on Federal Lands."
The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, continued the audit hearings on farm policy, which is the first step in the farm bill process.
The Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture, held an audit hearing to examine specialty crop programs.
The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held the first audit hearing on farm policy. This audit of agricultural programs is the first step in the farm bill process.
The House Agriculture Committee approved its activity report for the first quarter of the 112th Congress as required by House Rule XI, clause d(1).
The Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing to review and discuss the opportunities and benefits of agricultural biotechnology for farmers, the environment, food and energy security, and competition in the global marketplace.
Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry approved H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.
Chairman Frank Lucas announced the addition of Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota to the Republican roster of the Agriculture Committee.
Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit held a public hearing to review recent investigations and audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Inspector General.
The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to examine the three pending free trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and the issues surrounding their implementation.