January 23, 2020

Details Still Emerging as Sen. Ag. Comm. Takes Up Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

DTN writer Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Traditional commodity programs would remain comparable to the current farm bill under the proposal that will be considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday. [The proposal can be viewed at the Committee’s webpage].

“The chairman’s mark released Tuesday showed minor tweaks in commodity target prices [view old versus new here] and loan rates [view old versus new here], but also adjustments in how farm payments are calculated.

“Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, had planned to unveil himself his chairman’s mark, called the ‘Food and Energy Security Act of 2007.’ But Harkin had to cancel a scheduled news conference on the proposal Tuesday because he was still tied up with floor debate on the funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services programs. Harkin expected to wrap up that bill late Tuesday so mark-up on the farm bill can begin Wednesday morning.” [The Committee’s webpage indicates that, the 2007 Farm Bill markup is currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, at 10:00 a.m. EDT in 328A Russell Senate Office Building- coverage available here].