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January 18, 2007

Kagen Earns Spot on Key Ag Subcommittees – Assignments Good Fit for District Interests

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. became the only Wisconsin representative to earn spots on key Agriculture Committee subcommittee panels with jurisdiction over crucial Wisconsin agriculture interests.

Kagen was chosen for a seat on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee. In addition to the production and promotion of these commodities, this panel also has jurisdiction over inspection, marketing, aquaculture, animal welfare and grazing.

He will also serve on the Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry Subcommittee. This panel has jurisdiction over forestry, a key part of Northeast Wisconsin’s economy. In addition, the panel exercises oversight of children’s nutrition and consumer programs, food stamps and special investigations of Agriculture Department operations.

Kagen also has a seat on the Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research Subcommittee. This panel’s jurisdiction over energy issues makes it increasingly important as the government commits more resources to developing ethanol and other biomass fuels. It also has oversight of agricultural credit, and soil, water and resource conservation.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy and it truly affects everyone and every business. I will work hard and listen to everyone involved in agriculture across the state. I’ll be visiting with producers, processors, hunters and fishermen and hold listening sessions on specific issues,” Kagen said.

“The farm bill is a major piece of legislation, and we need to create the best farm bill possible. You can bet that I will stand up for all Wisconsin agriculture so our interests are heard,” Kagen said.

Curtis Ellis
202 225-5665 (office)