Brownfield writer Peter Shinn reported yesterday that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa said Wednesday he had reached a deal with Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad of North Dakota and ranking Agriculture Committee Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia on the Senate version of the farm bill. That means the Senate Ag Committee will mark-up its version of the farm bill next week.
“According to Harkin, highlights of the measure include an extra $4.2 billion for nutrition, an additional $1.3 billion for cellulosic ethanol research and development, and a $4 billion increase in conservation generally plus $1.2 billion for the Conservation Stewardship Program, currently known as the Conservation Security Program (CSP). That additional funding, Harkin said, would allow him to meet his previously stated goal of getting 80 million acres enrolled in CSP by the end of the next farm bill.”
The Brownfield article also included an audio link to Chairman Harkin’s complete press conference from yesterday, to listen, just click here (MP3 – about 20 minutes).