September 18, 2019

Farm Bill; Ag Economy (Food Prices); and Biofuels

Farm Bill

Matthew Weaver reported on Wednesday at the Capital Press Online that, “Work on a new farm bill likely won’t begin in earnest until 2012, a Washington insider says.

“Instead, Rebecca Blue, confidential assistant with the USDA’s Office of Congressional Relations, predicted support for trade and an emphasis on reining in spending will be at the top of the agenda when the new Congress convenes in January.

“Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was keen to work on a new farm bill in 2011, Blue said. But Rep. Frank Lucas, D-Okla., the likely new chairman, said he will not begin work on the bill until 2012.”

The article pointed out that, “Seven members of the Senate [Agriculture] committee will be up for re-election in 2012.

“‘We need to consider what it’s like to work on a farm bill in an election year,’ Blue said. ‘The last farm bill was tough.’”