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Ag Chairman Combest Names Subcommittee Chairmen

Ag Chairman Combest Names Subcommittee Chairmen
Breadth of experienced leaders meets agenda for agriculture's challenges

(January 8, 2001)

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) today designated five subcommittee chairmen with jurisdictions reflecting the Committee's focus for the just-convened 107th Congress of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The mainstay of agriculture policy is to make available to producers the means for a flexible response to financial pressures when prices fall and crops fail. This Committee's commitment to the producer is on strengthening the farm safety net, and our continued attention to the unique nature of the job producers have as the source of the world's safest and most reliable supply of food and natural fibers," said Chairman Combest.

The full Committee will begin hearings in early February and March, hearing specific farm commodity program recommendations from producer groups. Combest's goal is to craft legislation meeting the need for permanence and consistency to address the low market prices financially pressuring producers and rural communities.

Chairman Combest designated the following subcommittee chairmen and their jurisdictions:

Bob Goodlatte, (R-VA): Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry
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; plant pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds, and insect pests.

Richard Pombo, (R-CA): Livestock and Horticulture
Livestock; dairy; poultry; meat; seafood and seafood products; inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities; aquaculture; animal welfare; grazing; fruits and vegetables; marketing and promotion orders.

Terry Everett, (R-AL): Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs
Peanuts; sugar; tobacco; honey and bees; marketing orders relating to such commodities; foreign agricultural assistance and trade promotion programs, generally.

Frank Lucas, (R-OK): Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research
Soil, water, and resource conservation; small watershed program; agricultural credit; rural development; rural electrification; energy and biobased energy production; farm security and family farming matters; agricultural research, education and extension services.

Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA): General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Program and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils; Commodity Credit Corporation; crop insurance; commodity exchanges; biotechnology.