Congressman Tim Walz released the following statement after being chosen by his colleagues to lead the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry:

"I am truly honored to serve as a leader of the Conservation, Energy and Forestry Subcommittee," said Walz.

"Our producers and farmers are good stewards of the land, and we must allow them to do what they do best - feed and clothe the world. To accomplish this, we must renew our commitment to passing a long-term, five-year Farm Bill that will give rural America certainty."

Walz continued, "I look forward to working with both my Republican and Democratic colleagues on the subcommittee to promote energy independence and to ensure our wildlife and hunting habitats that we cherish in Minnesota and around the country are protected for generations to come."

The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry has jurisdiction over soil, water and resource conservation, small watershed program, energy and biobased energy production, rural electrification, forestry in general and forest reserves other than those created from the public domain.

Walz will also serve on the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee.