U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
Agriculture was integral to the growth of the American colonies, and held an important place in the economy. In the early 19th century, agriculture was intertwined with other great issues of commerce and trade. The Committee on Commerce and Manufacturers focused on these issues, but eventually became mired in controversy over the issue of tariffs, as business and manufacturing interests were often at odds.Since its creation, the Committee has helped establish, guide, and examine agricultural policies here and abroad. It has had a hand in fashioning the research and teaching of the 1860’s, the price and income support controls of the 1930’s, and the international trade of the 1990’s.