Source: House Agriculture Committee

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson held a field hearing in Des Moines, Iowa, and Nampa, Idaho, to review U.S. agriculture policy as the Committee begins the process of writing the 2012 Farm Bill. These are the first in a series of hearings scheduled across the country to consider new ideas regarding Federal food and farm policy.

Seven Members of Congress attended Iowa's hearing and heard testimony from nine witnesses on a variety of farm policy issues. Six Members of Congress attended Idaho's hearing and heard testimony from 10 witnesses on a variety of farm policy issues. About 100 members of each community attended each event.

Starting last Friday, the House Agriculture Committee has begun holding hearings and future hearings include Fresno, Calif.; and Cheyenne, Wyo. The Committee will hold a second series of field hearings May 14-18 in Morrow, Ga.; Troy, Ala.; Lubbock, Texas; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

The House Agriculture Committee plans to provide live video coverage of each hearing on the Committee's Web site:

For more information about the schedule