|Employer||United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry|
Tom Harkin is the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, the committee that addresses issues including commodity price and income supports, trade, research, food safety, nutrition, and soil conservation.
As Committee chairman, Harkin has promoted new uses and markets for agricultural products like ethanol. He has also increased support for conservation, improved demand and prices for farm commodities and devoted attention and resources to revitalize the economies of Iowa's rural communities and small towns.
In 2002, he authored the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act and created the Conservation Security program to provide financial incentives to farmers and ranchers who adopt and maintain sound conservation practices on land in agricultural production. He also established the first-ever renewable energy title.
Harkin attended Iowa State University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He earned his bachelor's degree in there in Government and Economics. Harkin graduated from Catholic University of America Law School.