The House Small Business Committee has indicated a number of issues it would like to do oversight on this Congress. Issues include:

  • Farm bill – implementation of the farm bill and its impact on family farms, ranchers and rural small businesses.
  • Climate Change – examine how farmers and small businesses can contribute to climate-change mitigation, and how they can minimize their climate impact that will positively affect their revenues and profitability.
  • Rail competition – examine competition problems facing small firms as related to the rail industry and rail rates, and identify anticompetitive barriers to entry. The committee will indentify antitrust policies that increase competition and foster market conditions, thus allowing for more competition in terms of price and availability for rural areas.
  • Food prices – review how commodity prices have dramatically declined, yet retail food prices remain high.