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Annie Kuster Wins a Spot on House Agriculture Committee

By Helen Brody (January 2, 2013)

release from New England Farmers Union

Shelburne Falls, MA – January 2, 2013    As the 113th Congress is sworn in this week, Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union applauds the appointment of Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) to the House Agriculture Committee.  Kuster is one of four freshman House Democrats to be named to the Agriculture Committee in the new Congress.

“We are fortunate to have Annie’s service on this important committee,” said Noonan.  “Agriculture and related businesses generate $2.5 billion dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs for New Hampshire.  Annie’s appointment will ensure a strong voice in federal farm policy for our state and for New England,” said Noonan.

The Agriculture Committee is principally responsible for re-authorization and oversight of the federal farm bill.  Last night the House passed a temporary and incomplete extension of the 2008 farm bill as part of the fiscal cliff deal.  “It appears that it will be up to the new Congress to pass a five-year farm bill,”  Noonan continued.  “I know we can count on Annie to fight for policies and programs that serve producers and consumers in New Hampshire and New England,” Noonan said.

The farm bill with a five-year, $500 billion budget governs federal conservation programs, agricultural research, forestry, federal farm credit, crop insurance, rural development and federal nutrition assistance including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps.

Kuster joins three other House Agriculture Committee members from New England: Joe Courtney (D- CT), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Jim McGovern (D-MA).  Chellie Pingree (D-ME), a member of the House Agriculture Committee in the last Congress has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.  A decision on whether she may retain her seat on the House Agriculture Committee is pending.

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