January 28, 2020

The Farm Bill, A Spending “Freeze,” and the Federal Debt; Jobs Agenda and Climate Change; and Crop Insurance

Farm Bill Issues

DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is urging farmers to use hearings on the farm bill this year to take control of debate on farm policy reforms.

“Peterson, D-Minn., told members of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates on Monday that so-called reformers ‘who don’t understand how this works … defined what reform is’ in the 2007-08 farm-bill debate. Peterson said there should be changes to the farm bill, but he was scathingly critical of one of the reformers’ biggest goals, limits on payments to big farmers. The campaign to lower payment limits ‘is not reform. It’s an ideology.’

“Reformers contend that Congress can decide what size farms should get farm payments, but ‘we are not smart enough in government to decide what farm size is,’ Peterson said. ‘I am for farming that is productive, efficient and economical,’ he said.”