January 29, 2020

Farm Bill: Conferees Meet

Categories: Audio /Farm Bill

On Wednesday night, an update posted at the Senate Agriculture Committee Online indicated that, “Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives tonight appointed conferees to merge the Senate farm bill with the House of Representatives’ version. The next step in the conference process will be formal conference meetings, which have yet to be announced. Senator Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and chair of the conference committee.

“‘The House appointment of farm bill conferees brings together a diverse group of Representatives with strong leadership qualities and expertise across the full farm bill spectrum,’ said Harkin. ‘They will complement the existing list of Senate conferees and will work well to identify a final bill that fits our country’s needs, with strong farm income protection as well as investments in nutrition, conservation and renewable energy.’”

Yesterday morning, DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported that, “Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin has scheduled a conference on the farm bill Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after appointment of House conferees on the bill and an extraordinary Wednesday evening meeting of key negotiators.