Nolan Elected to Key Leadership Post on House Agriculture Committee
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has been elected Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s key Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.
“With the Farm Bill set to expire in 2018, this assignment becomes all the more critical to the future success of Minnesota’s rapidly expanding agricultural sector,” Nolan said. “Ranking Member status on the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee will give me the opportunity to further advance our Minnesota farm economy. Our state’s farm economy already ranks fifth in the Nation and contributes almost $19 billion dollars every year to good paying jobs in our small towns and local businesses in rural Minnesota. And that amount continues to grow as those dollars multiply throughout our state’s economy.”
Nolan’s new post makes him the minority-equivalent of Subcommittee Chairman. As such, he will have an important role in establishing the Committee’s agenda and developing legislation, policies and statutes affecting the Nation’s critical agriculture programs and Minnesota products such as corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar, oats, honey and wool. The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes the Commodity Credit Corporation and risk management policies and statutes pertaining to Federal Crop Insurance, producer data and privacy issues.
Nolan added that according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota’s 75,000 farms combine to rank first in national production of sugar beets and sweet corn, third in soybeans, fourth in corn for grains, seventh in honey and tenth in barley, just to name a few.
Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, who serves as Ranking Member of the full Agriculture Committee, also announced today that he has appointed Nolan to serve on the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee.
“Along with mining, manufacturing and tourism, timber and forest products are the cornerstone and the foundation of good paying jobs here in Minnesota’s 8th District,” Nolan noted. “We need to continue the progress we made in the last Farm Bill in researching and creating new opportunities to advance the use of timber and forest products not only in construction, but also in bio-fuels so important in protecting our environment and reducing our carbon footprint.”