February 27, 2020

Johanns- U.S.D.A.’s Farm Bill Proposal

I. Johanns- U.S.D.A.’s Farm Bill Proposal
II. Agricultural Economy- Ethanol’s Impact

I. Johanns- U.S.D.A.’s Farm Bill Proposal

Joseph Morton, writing in today’s Omaha World-Herald, reported that, “Despite the challenges, [U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns] said he is still enjoying the job and even spoke highly of recent trips to Capitol Hill, where he faced some tough questions in trying to sell Congress on his 2007 farm bill proposal.

“But Johanns’ background in farming and politics seems to have served him well so far. The son of an Iowa dairy farmer, Johanns was governor of Nebraska when he was named agriculture secretary by President Bush.

“Members of Congress may have had some pointed questions for Johanns during the recent hearings, but they also praised his sincerity and indicated a willingness to work with him.”

The Omaha World-Herald published an article in today’s paper (“Despite challenges, Johanns enjoys work as agriculture secretary”), which highlighted U.S. farm policy and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.

The article noted that, “Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has denounced the Bush administration on various agricultural issues, including what he describes as inadequate funding to support renewable energy sources such as ethanol. But Harkin gave Johanns high marks for supporting conservation programs and promoting bio-based products. He said some of Johanns’ budget-related proposals are simply the result of whom he works for.

“‘After all, Mike’s boss is the president,’ Harkin said.

“Johanns doesn’t shy from supporting his boss. While the president’s approval ratings have declined greatly over the past few years, Johanns said his admiration of Bush has only increased. Coming from Texas, Bush is on top of agricultural issues, Johanns said.

“‘I don’t need to give him a 20-minute briefing on something,’ he said. ‘This is a guy who understands agriculture.’