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Owens to continue on agriculture, armed services committees

North Country Congressman Bill Owens announced last week that he will continue to serve on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 112th Congress.

Owens, a Democrat, represents New York's 23rd Congressional District.

"Agriculture is a major driver of New York's economy, and I am pleased with the opportunity to once again represent the needs of upstate dairy farmers, foresters and other growers across the region," he said in a prepared statement.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that family farmers in upstate New York have every opportunity to succeed in tough economic times and strengthen their operations for future generations."

"Further, Fort Drum is a source of community pride and the largest employer in New York's 23rd Congressional district," Owens said.

"The installation is critical to both national security and the North Country economy, and I will continue my efforts to strengthen and maintain Fort Drum so the Army's 10th Mountain Division can remain as effective and efficient in the War on Terror as it is today."

The House Agriculture Committee's jurisdiction includes farming, dairy, forestry, renewable energy, commodity exchanges, economic development, broadband access, nutrition, and water conservation.

Membership on this committee will give Congressman Owens a voice on the 2012 Farm Bill, a revision of American agriculture policy Congress undertakes every five years, as well as other issues.

The House Armed Services Committee oversees various operations of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, with jurisdiction over military issues including funding for installations like Fort Drum, family programs like housing and educational benefits, as well as major procurement initiatives affecting small businesses and defense suppliers in upstate New York.

Owens was also named last week to two subcommittees within the House Armed Services Committee.

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