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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/31/11

Rep. Karen Foster takes post on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee

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

"I feel privileged to be serving on this committee," said Rep. Foster (R-Augusta), who raises registered Black Angus cattle. "It is an opportunity to guide policy and practices for a rural segment of our state that provides Maine communities and the world with nutritional sustenance and renewable resources. We must recognize that Maine was built on the shoulders of farmers and foresters."

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; pesticide regulation; 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, marketing, utilization.

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. Foster and her husband, Tom, raise registered Black Angus cattle at their family farm on Church Hill Road in Augusta. In addition, she operated an agriculturally based floriculture and horticulture business for 20 years. She also is an experienced wedding and event coordinator and has worked as a substitute teacher.

Rep. Foster's House district includes Vassalboro, Windsor and part of Augusta. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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