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House Ag economist Jagger to become consultant

House Agriculture Committee economist Craig Jagger announces his retirement, as (from left) House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn, a former chairman; former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., the current chairman, look on. (The Hagstrom Report/Jerry Hagstrom)

Craig Jagger

Craig Jagger

House Agriculture Committee economist Craig Jagger will retire on October 5 and will open a consulting firm as well as spend more time with his family.

Jagger, who was honored at a breakfast in the House Agriculture Committee hearing room today, said his consulting business will focus on congressional budget strategies and agricultural and food policy.

Jagger has worked for the House Agriculture Committee for 11½ years, first for the Republican majority, and more recently for the Democrats. He also worked for the Congressional Budget Office for five and a half years, the Farm Service Agency for six years, the Government Accountability Office for one and a half years, and the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service for two years, as well as serving as a USDA intern for three months in 1978.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., noted today that Jagger is married to Joy Harwood, director of the economic policy analysis staff at the Farm Service Agency, and said, “There is a lot of power in this family in agriculture.”