U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
In 2020, the United States celebrates the 200th anniversary of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. The creation of this committee in 1820 brought agricultural issues to the forefront of congressional attention, just as the committee on Commerce and Manufactures had for industrial and commercial issues.
The committee establishes federal agricultural policy and provides funding to support agricultural research and development, from the Pure Food & Drug Act for food safety standards to the creation and maintenance of Agricultural Experiment Stations.
Background image: House of Representatives Committee, Agriculture, ca. 1914 - 1916. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (Harris & Ewing Collection, LC-DIG-hec-07242 [P&P]). Semi-opaque layer added over image for readability.