House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Minority Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced the first two full-Committee field hearings to begin reviewing the 2002 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in 2007.

The field hearings are part of a series of hearings the Committee will convene in the coming year. The first hearing will be held on Monday, February 6, 2006 in Fayetteville, N.C., followed by a hearing on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 in Auburn, Ala. Times, locations and witness lists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Peterson intend to hear from all those involved in agricultural policy including farmers, ranchers, agribusiness, and government officials. The hearings will give producers the opportunity to provide the Committee with feedback about what aspects of the 2002 Farm Bill are working well and what aspects could be modified.

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