Several changes have been made in regards to leaders of the different subcommittees within the House Agriculture Committee. Rep Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa was selected to chair the powerful General Farm Commodities Subcommittee following Rep. Bob Ethridge, D-N.C., leaving the committee for a slot on Ways and Means. The subcommittee oversees commodity programs, crop insurance and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., remains the ranking member on the subcommittee.
The new ranking member of the House Ag Committee is Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., replacing Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., due to GOP leadership term limit rules. He announced three other ranking members to subcommittees from Midwestern and Plains states. Also Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., continues to sit on both Agriculture and Ways and Means committees, and several Southern members left the committee for seats on other committees.