U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

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Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Founded 1825
Headquarters Washington D.C.
Products Guides U.S. Agricultural Policies
Web site http://agriculture.senate.gov/

On December 9, 1825, the Senate, by a vote of 22-14, approved a resolution creating a standing Committee on Agriculture. That body is now known as the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Since its creation, the committee has helped to establish, guide, and examine agricultural policies here and abroad. It contributed to the research and teaching of the 1860s, the price and income support controls of the 1930s, and the international trade policies of the 1990s.[1]

Present Committee members address issues including commodity price and income supports, trade, research, food safety, nutrition, and soil conservation. The Great Depression, for example, redirected the thinking of agricultural leaders toward price supports and production controls to limit mounting commodity surpluses. Members of the Committee have formulated over time a rural safety net that undergirds an agricultural system.[2]


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S.Doc. 105-24: The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 1825-1998