Tuberville Gets the Gavel for Key Agriculture Subcommittee

Senator Tuberville will serve on three subcommittees important to Alabama’s rural and agricultural communities

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today announced he will serve as Ranking Member of the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Ag). As the lead Republican on this subcommittee, Senator Tuberville will be able to build on his work to strengthen Alabama’s rural communities and expand access to broadband, giving Alabama a seat at the table during the 2023 Farm Bill process. Senator Tuberville made the following statement about his appointment to Ranking Member on this subcommittee:

“As Alabama’s voice on the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m honored to be the leading Republican on the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee, where I will keep working to strengthen the communities that are home to our farms and production facilities. As we draft the 2023 Farm Bill, I look forward to championing resources like broadband, energy, and water programs, so that our rural areas are well-equipped to support Alabama’s diverse agriculture industry and our national food security.”

Senator Tuberville was also appointed to two other subcommittees crucial to Alabama’s agriculture interests: Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade; and Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research. Senator Tuberville made the following statement about the importance of the other two subcommittees to Alabama’s agriculture industry:

“The past few years have shown us the importance of food security interests to our national security. People across America depend on Alabama’s farmers and producers to ensure they can put food on the table and provide for their families. We help lead the way in many areas such as catfish, peanuts, and broiler chicken production, and the best way to continue this is through supporting our family farms and rich agriculture diversity. These subcommittees will best position me to continue advocating for Alabama’s agricultural interests so that our state remains a leader in national food production for generations to come.”

More information about all of these subcommittees can be found below.

Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy:

The Senate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy is tasked with overseeing the many programs in USDA’s Rural Development mission area, including housing, electric and water utilities, loans, and renewable energy.

As Ranking Member on this subcommittee, Senator Tuberville will be positioned to work on these Alabama-specific issues:

  • Ensuring Alabama’s agricultural and rural communities have a seat at the table during the drafting of the 2023 Farm Bill
  • Expanding access for rural broadband (ReConnect)
  • Supporting USDA Rural Utilities Services (RUS) which aids energy providers and electric cooperatives
  • Overseeing safe drinking water and wastewater programs

Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade:

The Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade is tasked with overseeing matters regarding production agriculture, including commodity programs, crop insurance, commodity exchanges, agriculture trade, international food assistance, and credit.

Senator Tuberville’s position on this subcommittee will enable him to work on issues specific to Alabama’s agriculture industry, including:

  • Supporting Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
  • Working with USDA Market Access Programs and Foreign Market Development Programs to support Alabama’s chicken and cotton exports
  • Ensuring adequate risk management and farm safety net tools such as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) are in place to support crop diversity

Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research:

The Senate Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, and Agricultural Research is tasked with overseeing programs regarding food and nutrition assistance, school meals, specialty crops, and research.

Senator Tuberville’s position on this subcommittee will enable him to work on issues specific to Alabama’s agriculture industry, including:

  • Furthering research about invasive species and pests to increase sustainability in Alabama’s forestry and horticulture industries
  • Supporting Alabama’s Land Grant Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Encouraging local-produce initiatives like Sweet Grown Alabama
  • Overseeing food and nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and school meal programs to ensure federal funds are properly allocated

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.