House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas  (R-Okla.) announced another series of hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill to begin next week.  The six subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee will hold the hearings throughout April and May to hear from national agricultural stakeholders advocating for policy priorities. It is the next step in development of the Farm Bill. 

"It's important to consider a variety of perspectives when writing comprehensive legislation," Lucas 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. We have reviewed spending trends and have heard from our producers on the ground. Now it's time for national agricultural leaders and stakeholders to present their views on farm policy."

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Rural Development Programs

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Conservation Programs

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Dairy Programs

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Nutrition and Specialty Crop Programs

  • Thursday, May 10, 2012

Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Credit Programs

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Commodity Programs and Crop Insurance

  • Thursday, May 17, 2012

Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Commodity Programs and Crop Insurance

  • Friday, May 18, 2012

Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

Re: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Energy and Forestry Programs