September 23, 2019

House Ag Committee, Day Two

Categories: Doha / Trade /Farm Bill

The House Ag Committee meets again today (webpage schedule) to consider the provisions of H.R. 2419, the 2007 Farm Bill. The hearing begins at 10:00 am Eastern in 1300 Longworth, and live audio and video will be available here.

In a prelude to yesterday’s Committee activity, DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday morning (link requires subscription) that, “[House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)] told reporters that everything he has tried to put into the five-year bill has now been funded except for his proposed disaster aid program, which would cost $5 billion, and additional conservation programs that would cost $200 million. One of the still-unfunded conservation items is to add 4 million acres to the grasslands reserve program, which he said is a personal priority for House Speaker Pelosi.

“The $4 billion for nutrition programs including food stamps will come from the Ways and Means Committee while the $2.5 billion for renewable energy will come from the House-passed bill that cut oil company tax breaks and royalties, Peterson said. The Agriculture committee will markup the nutrition and energy sections of the bill and the House Rules Committee will ‘marry’ the provisions with the money from the other committees before the bill goes to the floor, he said.”