The House Ag Committee expects to conduct oversight on a number of issues during the 111th Congress. Some of the items the committee has indicated it expects to review are:

  • USDA’s implementation of the 2008 farm bill.
  • Current state of health of the U.S. farm economy.
  • USDA’s implementation of the farm bill payment limit and adjusted gross income provisions.
  • Increase in agribusiness consolidation.
  • USDA’s implementation of the energy title of the farm bill.
  • Availability of biofuels pumps and approved fuels.
  • EPA’s regulation of Animal Feeding Operations.
  • Role and effectiveness of the Federal Crop Insurance Program.
  • Address sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers and other technical barriers to U.S. ag exports and examine USDA efforts to eliminate such barriers.
  • USDA’s enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and humane handling regulations.
  • Assess effectiveness of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in determining market manipulation in the livestock industry.
  • USDA’s mandatory livestock price reporting system.