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House Drops "Organic" From Sub-Committee Name

by: Jill Richardson

Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 10:45:46 AM PST


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Thanks to blogger Count for finding this. Remember the Horticulture and Organic Sub-Committee in the House Ag Committee? The Republicans have renamed it. It's now the "Horticulture and Nutrition" Sub-Committee. The jurisdiction used to be described as:

Fruits and vegetables, honey and bees, marketing and promotion orders, plant pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds, and insect pests, and organic agriculture.

It is now:

Food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs, fruits and vegetables, honey and bees, marketing and promotion orders, plant pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds and insect pests, and organic agriculture.

That is an absolute TON of stuff to cram into one committee, compared to what there was in the past.

Other changes:
The Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research has been renamed "Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry."

The Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry is now the "Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit"

The Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture is now the "Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture"

The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management and the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry remain the same.

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specialty crops (4.00 / 2)
From your previous diary, specialty crops, which I suppose is everything except general commodity crops, has moved into the jurisdiction of the General Farm Commodities subcommittee. Very imaginative.

It's strange that they split up (4.00 / 2)
specialty crops and fruits and vegetables between 2 committees!

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Sharp eyes, good point. (4.00 / 1)
So what's a specialty crop? Browsing the USDA site, it might be heirloom varieties, "ethnic" varieties, specialty or "alternative" grains, perhaps herbs, perhaps nuts, perhaps non-food plants. A few of these niches have significant clout, most do not. Is the commodity subcommittee the best place for them? Well yes, I suppose it is if you're a commodity producer.

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I think the nursery industry (4.00 / 2)
might be a specialty crop segment? Nursery has a lot of clout, at least in some states. I think it's the biggest single segment of agriculture in Oregon.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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Specialty crops (4.00 / 2)
are anything that isn't a commodity. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Also known as "Shit that grows in CA and FL"

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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LOL STGICAFL. ;-) (4.00 / 3)
That shit also grows up here in Oregon. Here's a press release from Ron Wyden's office on $1.7 million that he got to help promote specialty crops from Oregon -

Wyden Press Release

I was right, nursery is, and so are christmas trees and grass turf.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.


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link (4.00 / 2)
Wyden press release

Oregon ranks fifth in the nation in production of specialty crops, which include blueberries, cranberries, cherries, hazelnuts, onions, pears, potatoes, and raspberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables, grass seed, and nursery crops, including Christmas trees.

And we return to Jill's question, why is there one place for fruit and vegetables, another place for specialty crops? Strange.


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uhoh (4.00 / 2)
The entire ag committee has two Republican members from Florida, zero from California.

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Noticed that... (4.00 / 2)
It's an interesting 'distribution', but then again the R's didn't pick up any new seats in California in 2010.  I'd guess if they had wanted the committee, they'd have been on it before?

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