Rep. Baca Appointed to Chair Agriculture Subcommittee
Rep. Joe Baca (D-California) was today appointed as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry as the Committee completed its organizing for the 110th Congress, finalizing its membership and subcommittees.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) praised Rep. Baca following the announcement of his selection as a subcommittee chair, saying "Chairman Baca brings great energy and experience to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. Under his leadership, I expect that the subcommittee will play an essential role in developing the Farm Bill and ensuring the efficient administration of all USDA programs."
Rep. Baca said, "I am excited and honored to assume this leadership role. This subcommittee has important responsibilities including promoting nutrition and anti-hunger efforts that help residents in our local communities as well as nationwide."
"Chairing this subcommittee will also enable me to better address key concerns of my district and the Inland Empire including the national forest and wildfire prevention, helping area schools known as Hispanic Serving Institutions and minority farmers," he explained.
"In addition, my subcommittee will conduct oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that its programs are run efficiently."
The Agriculture Committee will be especially busy this year as the Farm Bill must be reauthorized. This comprehensive legislation includes an array of farm programs and addresses food assistance programs, commodity supports and agricultural trade. Many provisions in the current farm bill, which was written in 2002, expire in September 2007.