On Friday, April 30, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson begins a series of field hearings to hear from people about U.S. farm policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

Starting Friday, the House Agriculture Committee will hold hearings in Des Moines, Iowa; Nampa, Idaho; Fresno, Calif.; and Cheyenne, Wyo. The Committee will hold a second series of field hearings May 14-18, in Morrow, Ga.; Troy, Ala.; Lubbock, Texas; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Details for the farm bill field hearings are included below. For those who cannot attend the hearings, the House Agriculture Committee plans to provide live video coverage of each hearing on the Committee's Web site: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html.

The Committee will also collect public comments about the farm bill on its Web site: http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/feedbackform.html. All comments received online by June 14, 2010 will be included in the Committee's farm bill field hearing record.

House Agriculture Committee farm bill field hearing schedule

• Friday, April 30 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Iowa State Fair Grounds, Penningroth Sale Center Des Moines, Iowa. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

• Saturday, May 1 - 1:00 p.m. MDT

Northwest Nazarene University, Old Science Lecture Hall Nampa, Idaho. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

• Monday, May 3 - 9:00 a.m. PDT

Fresno City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor Fresno, Calif. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill

•Tuesday, May 4 - 8:00 a.m. MDT

Laramie County Community College Center for Conferences and Institutes, Centennial Room 130 Cheyenne, Wyo. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

• Friday, May 14 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

National Archives Southeast Region, Morrow, Ga. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

•Saturday, May 15 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Cattlemen's Park, Pike County Cattlemen's Association, Troy, Ala. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

•Monday, May 17 - 9:00 a.m. CDT

Texas Tech Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

• Tuesday, May 18 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

2nd Floor Theater, Edith Mortenson Center, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Full Committee on Agriculture - Public hearing

RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 farm bill.

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Web site has additional information on this and other subjects: http://agriculture.house.gov.