The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee is scheduled to hold its first farm bill hearing of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. D.C. time. The session will look specifically at energy policies and how they affect economic growth in rural America.

Scheduled witnesses include Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, local government officials, small business people and a farmer. The hearing will be webcast live at http://ag.senate.gov. Future hearings are scheduled on conservation, nutrition and farm policy issues.