McFarland Appointed Chairman of Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee

District 13 State Representative and Winnfield native Jack McFarland has been appointed Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales. McFarland did not support Schenxnayder in the speaker race and was one of only two representatives that supported Sherman Mack R-Albany for speaker that were awarded chair positions.

The Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to: Agriculture generally; Agricultural and industrial chemistry; Agricultural economics and research; Agricultural engineering; Agricultural production on public lands; Agricultural production, promotion, and marketing; Agricultural services; Animal industry and diseases of animals; Aquacultural economics and research; Aquacultural production, promotion, and marketing; Dairy industry; Production, promotion, harvesting, and marketing of forestry products; Silviculture; Human nutrition and home economics; Inspection of livestock and meat products; Plant industry and plant quarantine; Rural development; Soils and soil conservation. 

McFarland was also assigned to one of the “money” committees; Appropriations. In a press release from Clay Schexnayder, the Louisiana House Speaker stated, “I’m excited to announce the makeup of the two major financial house committees today. The decision-making process for each committee has been deliberate and I believe you will see a reflection of both the body and the core conservative principals which guides it.” The Appropriations Committee is where the state’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 begins its journey. 

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