The Blue Dogs are looking to get some of their bark back. The coalition of moderates that represented about 20 percent of the Democratic caucus the last time their party controlled the House all but disappeared after 2010.
The new Democratic Majority on the House Agriculture Committee is made up of 10 freshman members and a dozen newcomers in all, nearly half the panel's 26 Democrats. By comparison, the 26-member Republican majority in the 115th Congress had just six freshmen.
The Democrats taking over House committees and subcommittees will push back hard against the Trump administration’s environmental policies and put a major focus on climate change, but ag groups will need to find allies on trade and other key issues.
President Donald Trump, through an executive order, has directed the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture Departments to work closer with states on wildfire mitigation and forest restoration efforts.