December 10, 2019

Farm Bill; Climate Issues; Biotechnology; Food Safety; and Financial Regulation

Farm Bill

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported on Friday that, “Congress has largely ignored proposals from the Obama administration to cut program payments to some of the nation’s larger farms. But, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s push to spend more money on rural development and spend less on farm programs is drawing some ire from lawmakers who want to preserve the current safety net for commercial farmers.

“Vilsack has been accused of promoting ‘bedroom communities’ and wasting precious budget resources to prop up the urban locavore movement at the expense of production agriculture. Last week, Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and John McCain, R-Ariz., wrote a letter complaining that USDA spent $65 million last year on the ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ program and is expanding the program this year.”