Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) introduced the Senate-passed farm bill as one of his top priority bills and stated his commitment to enacting a new five-year farm bill.

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow (D-Mich.) issued a statement applauding the Majority leader’s commitment and said she would schedule a Committee mark-up to produce an updated version to substitute for the Majority Leader’s placeholder bill.

“I applaud Sen. Reid’s leadership and commitment to getting a five-year farm bill done to provide certainty to the 16 million Americans working in agriculture,” Chairwoman Stabenow said.

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 2340) was approved by the Senate on June 21, ’12. Because legislation does not carry-over from one Congress to the next, work on a new farm bill must be restarted in the 113th Congress.

Meanwhile, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-Minn.) also have expressed their intention to move new long-term legislation through that panel as soon as more is known about the results of several budget debates that will occur in the next 90 days. That Committee met to formally organize and adopt rules for the 113th Congress.

In his opening statement Chairman Lucas said, “This is a new Congress and a new opportunity to reauthorize a five-year comprehensive farm bill. And, I pledge to work with the Secretary, Ranking Member Peterson, members of this Committee, my House and Senate colleagues, and all interested parties to complete our work and ensure our investment in American agriculture. It will take all of us working together to get it done.”

The Committee leaders announced the five subcommittees’ membership, and the list can be viewed at www.agriculture.house.gov.