House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, (D-Minn.) will begin a series of field hearings with audiences around the country about U.S. farm policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.

Starting Friday, the House Agriculture Committee will hold hearings in Des Moines, Iowa; Nampa, Idaho; Fresno, Cal.; and Cheyenne, Wyo. The Committee will hold a second series of field hearings May 14-18 in Morrow, Ga.; Troy, Ala.; Lubbock, Texas; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Details for the Farm Bill field hearings are included below. For those who cannot attend the hearings, the House Agriculture Committee plans to provide live video coverage of each hearing on the Committee's website:

The Committee will also collect public comments about the Farm Bill on its website.  All comments received online by June 14 will be included in the Committee's Farm Bill field hearing record.