House of Representatives Agriculture Committee

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House of Representatives Agriculture Committee
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Web site

For more than 185 years, the House Committee on Agriculture has established farm policy for agriculture and rural America in the nation's capital.

The responsibilities of the House Committee on Agriculture include facing such issues as: renewable energy, rural development, disaster assistance, nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, agricultural research and development, bioterrorism, and forestry.

The committee has jurisdiction over agriculturally related subjects, including commodity exchanges.


The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture was created on May 3, 1820. At the time, the country's population was about 9 million and there were 213 Representatives in the House. Seven of these Representatives, under the chairmanship of Thomas Forrest, of Pennsylvania, were assigned to the new committee. Six other States were represented in this group: Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.

Lewis Williams, a Representative from Surrey County, N.C., elected to the 14th and 13 succeeding Congresses, and known as the "Father of the House," was the sponsor of the resolution proposing a Committee on Agriculture.

The committee originally consisted of seven members, but it gradually increased in size until 2001, when 51 members were assigned to the committee and its five subcommittees.[1]


Key People[edit]

Current Chairman: Frank Lucas (R-OK)


  1. Committee History. House Committee on Agriculture.