Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, said that without some assurance from Republican leadership that the House of Representatives will consider a farm bill, he did not see any reason for the House Agriculture Committee to write a five-year farm bill in the 113th Congress. In a very strong letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Peterson said, “Given the behavior of the Republican Leadership and their treatment of the House Agriculture Committee in the previous Congress, I believe it is only fair for me to ask for a written commitment that your leadership team will find floor time during this Congress if the committee marks up a new five-year farm bill.”