S. Hrg. 110-17: Agriculture and Rural America's Role in Enhancing National Energy Security: Hearing before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, January 10, 2007   [open pdf - 55MB]

From the opening statement of Tom Harkin: "Our most important Committee task this year, of course, will be to formulate a new Farm Bill. When we wrote the last Farm Bill, which was titled the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, we included an energy title for the first time. Since then, we have seen vigorous growth in energy production in rural America, especially in the form of biofuels and wind power, revealing a new and encouraging energy supply capability in rural America. During the same period, we have become increasingly aware of just how precarious our national energy situation is. Energy prices have gone up and appear to be staying up. Environmental impacts of energy use, especially from autos and power plants are still a major concern. The evidence of climate change is absolutely clear and very ominous. And we know that combustion of fossil fuels is the primary contributor to the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. […] This convergence of national energy needs and national security with agricultural sector energy capabilities represents a genuine opportunity for all of us: for farmers, ranchers, and all who call rural America home. We can, and I believe we must, formulate and pass a Farm Bill that encourages and accelerates the rural production of energy for the whole Nation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Harkin, Keith Collins, Michael Pacheco, Philip Sharp, Read J. Smith, Gene Gourley, Loni Kemp, Ron Miller, John Sellers, Roger Webb, Pat Roberts, Saxby Chambliss, and Debbie Stabenow.

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