December 10, 2019

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Climate – Biofuels Issues; and Financial Regulation

Farm Bill: House Ag Committee Field Hearing- Lubbock, Texas

Alyssa Dizon reported today at the Avalanche-Journal Online (Lubbock, Texas) that, “Producers from every major agriculture commodity group in Texas told agriculture legislators that provisions of a financial safety net was their common concern for the next farm bill.”

The article noted that, “‘I thought we had good testimony from a very broad range of agricultural interests,’ said U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas. ‘It’s important to come out here where agriculture is actually happening.’

“The select 13 witnesses submitted written testimonies to the committee and gave five-minute presentations regarding what has and has not been effective for their industries in the current farm bill. The most popular issues mentioned were crop insurance, international trade, environmental challenges and conservation programs.”

Most favored the USDA direct and counter-cyclical programs and marketing loan programs under the 2008 bill, which assisted in increasing production input costs and financial stability. Those same individuals cited problems with payment limitations, eligibility standards and complex application processes for some of USDA’s farm and conservation programs.”

Today’s article added that, “‘My intention is to get this bill out of the house by December of 2011 and try to get this bill done on time,’ [Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn] said.”