May 21, 2018

Farm Bill; Crop Insurance; Nutrition; EPA Issues; Climate; Ag Economy; and Farmer Settlement Issues

Farm Bill (Midterms)

DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “A dozen of the 28 Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee are in toss-up races, raising the possibility that electoral results in farm districts could deliver the House to Republican control and make the process of writing the next farm bill very different.

“House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who is considered the principal author of the very popular 2008 farm bill, said in an interview last week that he is optimistic he will keep his chairmanship next year and be the guiding force for the next farm bill.

“‘The fact that they’re in toss-up races doesn’t have anything to do with agriculture,’ Peterson said in an interview last week. ‘We’re the one committee where the Democrats have a story to tell.’”