Costa Appointed Top Dem on Livestock, Rural Development Committee

Maintains Seat on Key House Water and Power Subcommittee

January 22, 2013

Washington, DC – Rep. Jim Costa will serve as the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subcommittee. The committee oversees livestock, dairy, and poultry issues along with rural development, family farming matters, and farm credit policies.

“The last Congress left a lot of work undone, and now is the time to finish the job for Rural America by passing a Farm Bill,”said Costa. “In the Valley, agriculture is our way of life and growing the industry has always been my top priority.

A strong dairy industry is critical to our Valley economy.  From my post as Ranking Member, I will be working across the aisle to craft policies that will help struggling producers stay afloat and keep California at the forefront of our nation’s dairy industry. I will also be fighting to ensure that the farm communities in our Valley have access to USDA programs that will help them compete in the 21st Century.”

Congressman Costa has served on the House Agriculture Committee since he first took office in 2005. As a third-generation farmer who was raised on a dairy farm, Costa is intimately familiar with the dairy and livestock industry that fall under the jurisdiction of the Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subcommittee. Costa will also serve on the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, and Foreign Agriculture that oversees specialty crops, plant pests and diseases, and trade promotion programs.

Costa will also continue to serve on the House Natural Resources Subcommittees on Water and Power and Energy and Mineral Resources. Water and Power is responsible for the nation’s water resources and interstate water issues. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee oversees energy production and mining on federal lands, both on and off-shore.