January 20, 2020

Rural/Farm Politics; Climate Legislation; Ag Economy; Dairy Assistance; Animal Agriculture; Crop Insurance; Trade; and Food Safety

Rural/Farm Politics

Dan Morgan noted in yesterday’s Washington Post that, “Climate change legislation was moving along in the House in June when it ran into a tractorcade. Dozens of farm-state lawmakers, led by the blunt-talking Minnesotan who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, blocked the way.

“Only after Democratic leaders agreed to a raft of changes drawn up by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) did the bill squeak through the House, 219 to 212.

It was a striking demonstration of agricultural interests stamping their imprint on key parts of the Democratic program. That may come as a surprise to those who thought the ‘farm bloc’ disappeared sometime around the end of the Eisenhower administration. In fact, its clout has been reshaping — and in some cases halting — the ambitious agenda of President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).”