The first field hearing conducted by the House Ag Committee, in advance of writing the 2012 Farm Bill, was held in Saranac Lake, New York on Friday. Committee members heard testimony from producers in the northeastern United States on the future of farm policy. New York is home to a range of agricultural industries and is among the nation’s top producers of a variety of specialty crops and dairy products. The hearing focused on policies impacting those industries in particular.
?Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, told the hearing, – field hearings are an invaluable part of the Farm Bill process. They give us an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of producers across the country so we get diverse perspectives on farm policy. New York Representative William Owens said