For the past two years, the Democrats had the majority in both chambers of Congress and President Biden was in the Oval Office. The Democrats ultimately kept a narrow majority in the Senate, but lost control of the House. The House Agriculture Committee will now be chaired by Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn ‘G.T.’ Thompson of Pennsylvania, succeeding Representative David Scott of Georgia. “His priorities would be on dairy, forestry, nutrition from an oversight perspective and crop insurance,” said Jim Callan, who leads a public policy firm in Washington, D.C.. “Mr. Scott has focused on climate, racial equity and Southern commodities so I think there will be a significant differences in their approach and priorities.” The biggest change at the state level is in Minnesota with the DFL now controlling the governor’s office, the Senate and the House. The Minnesota House Agriculture Committee will be chaired by Representative Samantha Vang and the Senate Agriculture Committee will be led by State Senator Aric Putman. Vang is a community organizer from Brooklyn Center and Putman is a college professor in St. Cloud.
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