House Ag Committee Launches Farm Bill Hearings

With the Senate Ag Committee slated to begin marking up its bill next week, the House Ag Committee will launch a new round of hearings at the same time.  We understand negotiations for the Senate bill started with the package submitted to the Super Committee.  The final bill will certainly not mirror that proposal, but will include cuts to several familiar programs including direct payments and the conservation reserve program.  CMC will follow and report on these hearings, but you can follow them as well via webcast.  The webcast link is available the day of the hearing.   The full schedule:

Wednesday, April 25

  • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • Re: Rural Development Programs
  • 2:30 pm ET

Thursday, April 26

  • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
  • Re: Conservation Programs
  • 9:30 am ET

Thursday, April 26

  • Subcommittee on Livestock, Diary, and Poultry
  • Re: Dairy Programs
  • 2:00 pm ET

Tuesday, May 8

  • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
  • Re: Nutrition & Specialty Crop Programs

Thursday, May 10

  • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight & Credit
  • Re: Credit Programs

Wednesday, May 16

  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Re: Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance

Thursday, May 17

  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Re: Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance

Friday, May 18

  • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
  • Re: Energy & Forestry Programs

To learn more about the House Ag Committee’s work on the 2012 Farm Bill, click here.

Senior Senate Agriculture Committee Staffer Addresses CMC Members on Policy Call

Gregg Doud, Senior Professional Staff at the Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans, addressed CMC members on our policy call yesterday.  He spoke mainly about financial regulatory reform pertaining to derivatives, but also briefly discussed budgetary matters, the farm bill, congressional politics, and Senate confirmation votes.  Gregg provided a comprehensive briefing on the aforementioned topics, and CMC members had the opportunity to directly ask him several questions.