John D. Russell reported yesterday at SCNow.com (South Carolina) that, “The Clemson Pee Dee Research and Education Center hosted a forum Wednesday to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill.
“U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., held the forum to meet, talk to and get input as to how the farm bill will affect local farmers and agriculture in the Pee Dee.”
The article noted that, “‘(The bill is) a constellation of different programs, and it’s something over the years that has given us the best agriculture in the world,’ Spratt said.
“Peterson said he’s been traveling the country getting input about the bill and said that one of the biggest challenges with the farm bill is the budget.”
“‘We’re intending to stay within our budget (for the 2012 Farm Bill). We’ve actually already reduced the deficit by making a change in our insurance program,’ Peterson said.”