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Lincoln next chairman for Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Arkansas' senior U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln has been tapped as the next chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The announcement was made public Sept. 9.

In the Committee's 184-year history, Lincoln will be the first Arkansan and first female ever to serve as chairman. Lincoln has served on the Committee since January 1999.

"As a seventh generation Arkansan and farmer's daughter, I know my father is smiling down on me today," Lincoln said in a press release. "I am fortunate to have served on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry since I was first elected to the Senate in 1998."

Lincoln takes the reins from Tom Harkin, D-IA. Harkin will move from the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee to lead the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

"I thank Senator Harkin for his tremendous leadership," she said. "As chairman, I will work with my colleagues to build upon the Committee's strong record and devote my full energy to producing forward-looking, balanced priorities on behalf of all families and communities."

"I will continue to fight for the hardworking farm families and rural communities who provide the safest, most abundant and affordable supply of food and fiber in the world," Lincoln continued.

Lincoln believes the group has been a committee of significant importance to her constituents and our state's economy.

"The Committee's responsibilities encompass a number of issues that are critical to Americans, particularly those living in rural areas," she said. "With such priorities as child nutrition reauthorization, farm bill implementation, and regulation of commodities, the Committee has a full plate.

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