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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/31/11

Rep. Jeff Timberlake takes post on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Jeff Timberlake has been appointed to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, a high-profile assignment for a first-term legislator. The position will give him an influential voice on a range of important issues, from food safety to farmland preservation and Land for Maine's Future.

"I'm very pleased to be on this committee," said Rep. Timberlake (R-Turner), who is the eighth generation of his family to own and operate Ricker Hill Orchards, one of the larger apple farms in New England. "This was my first choice. Turner is one of the top farming towns in Maine, and one of my goals is to keep farming as a viable way of life. Another goal is to preserve Maine's open space."

The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictional charters in the Legislature. It oversees the Department of Agriculture, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), the Department of Conservation, Baxter State Park and the Land for Maine's Future program.

The panel also has jurisdiction over food safety, inspection and labeling; pesticides; submerged lands and the coastal islands registry; the dairy industry; state parks, historic sites and public lands; agricultural fairs, products and marketing; and forest management.

The Maine Legislature has 16 bipartisan policy committees that handle bills and issues that fall within their areas of jurisdiction. Each committee has 13 members - three senators and 10 representatives.

Rep. Timberlake is an active member of his community. He has been a firefighter in Turner for 35 years. He also has been on the town planning board for 16 years and vice chairman of the board of selectmen. In addition to running the farm, he owns a hardware store, Northland True Value, and a company that sells agricultural and municipal equipment. His House district includes Minot, Turner and Hebron. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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