Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

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In the U.S. Senate, the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is among the oldest committees, having been established in 1825. The current chair is Senator Blanche Lincoln and the Ranking Minority Member is Sen. Saxby Chambliss.


Its work is carried out by five subcommittees.

Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit

Legislation and oversight involving rural economic revitalization and quality of life; rural job and business growth; rural electrification, telecommunications and utilities; conservation, protection and stewardship of natural resources; state, local and private forests and general forestry; agricultural and rural credit.

Energy, Science and Technology

Jurisdiction: Legislation and oversight involving renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvement on farms and ranches and in rural communities; food and agricultural research, education, economics and extension; innovation in the use of agricultural commodities and materials.

Domestic & Foreign Marketing, Inspection, & Plant & Animal Health

Jurisdiction: Legislation and oversight involving agricultural trade; foreign market development; domestic marketing and product promotion; marketing orders and regulation of agricultural markets and animal welfare; inspection and certification of plants, animals and products; plant and animal diseases and health protection.

Production, Income Protection and Price Support

Jurisdiction: Legislation and oversight involving the production of agricultural crops, commodities and products; farm and ranch income protection and assistance; commodity price support programs; insurance and risk protection; fresh water food production.

Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms

Domestic and international nutrition and food assistance and hunger prevention; school and child nutrition programs; local and healthy food initatives; futures, options and derivatives; pesticides; and general legislation. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chair Sen. Richard Lugar, Ranking Member