The agriculture committees on Capitol Hill held their first official meetings of the legislative session Thursday. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson acknowledged the need to implement the new farm bill in a timely manner. “We’re pushing the USDA on that,” said Peterson. “I’m pretty sure whenever they get that done, it will be retroactive to the first of the year. Hopefully, we can keep folks in business.” Organizational meetings are a time to recognize new committee members and set the rules for the committee in the new Congress. There are at least 14 new members on the House Agriculture Committee.