As the House agriculture committee held its first meeting of the 113th Congress in Washington this week, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27, was appointed to the following subcommittees:
•General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. It oversees programs and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas and lentils; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management, including crop insurance; plus commodity exchanges and specialty crops.
•Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. Responsibilities include monitoring of fruits and vegetables; honey and bees; marketing and promotion orders; the planning of pesticides; the quarantine, adulteration of seeds and insect pests and organic agriculture; research, education and extension activities; biotechnology; and foreign agriculture assistance, and trade promotion programs.
"I am excited to hit the ground running and get to work on the issues that matter to our farmers," said Collins. "Agriculture is a primary economic driver in NY-27 and the issues debated and decided on by the House Agriculture Committee and its various Subcommittees directly impact not only our local farmers and their families, but our entire region. Our primary goal must be to pass a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill to give our farmers the support and long-term stability they deserve."
Earlier this month, Collins met with about 40 farmers in Batavia to discuss agriculture issues and hear what they most want to see as part of a new Farm Bill. In the near future, Collins will establish a formal and active agriculture advisory committee.