House Ag committee Chairman Frank Lucas has announced a series of field hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill to take place throughout March and April. The first hearing is scheduled for upstate New York with other stops slated for Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. The hearings will give Members of the House Agriculture Committee the opportunity to hear firsthand how U.S. farm policy is working for farmers and ranchers in advance of writing legislation.
Lucas says – field hearings represent one of the best parts of writing the farm bill because it gives us a chance to see the countryside and visit with folks who are directly impacted by our policy decisions in Washington. He says – it is critical to all of us that we get it right.
The first hearing will be held March 9th at North Country Community College, Saranac Lake, New York. The following meetings will be held March 23, at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois; March 30 at Arkansas State University, State University, Arkansas; and April 20th at Magourik Conference Center in Dodge City, Kansas. Each hearing begin at 9:00 a.m. local time.