WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 -- Incoming House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is setting up a separate subcommittee to oversee federal nutrition programs, confirming that food stamps and other feeding programs will be a major focus in the next Congress.

The committee could consider new cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). In the current Congress, nutrition programs have been under the jurisdiction of a subcommittee, chaired by Steve King, R-Iowa, that also had oversight of the Department of Agriculture. 

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Conaway, R-Texas, on Tuesday announced the creation of six subcommittees. The other five are:


-       -General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. This panel will oversee implementation of the new commodity programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.

-       -Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit: Reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will be an issue in the new Congress.

-       -Conservation and Forestry. This panel will oversee implementation of changes in key land conservation programs.

-Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research: Biotechnology notably gets top billing in the title of this subcommittee. In the current Congress the panel is called Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture.    

-       -Livestock and Foreign Agriculture: Country-of-origin labeling is likely to be an issue in the next Congress.

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