The House Agriculture Committee announced that the six subcommittees will hold a series of farm bill hearings in April and May.  The purpose is to hear from national agricultural stakeholders on their policy priorities for the farm bill.  Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the committee, said, “We are continuing our efforts to gather as much information as possible so we can write sound and effective farm policy that works for all of agriculture.”  The schedule is:

Wednesday, April 25 – Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Rural Development Programs).

Thursday, April 26 – Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Conservation Programs).

Thursday, April 26 – Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Dairy Programs).

Tuesday, May 8 – Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Nutrition & Specialty Crop Programs).

Thursday, May 10 – Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Credit; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Credit Programs).

Wednesday, May 16 – Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance).

Thursday, May 17, 2012 – Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management;

 Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Commodity Programs & Crop Insurance).

Friday, May 18, 2012 – Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry; Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill (Energy & Forestry Programs).