November 17, 2019

Farm Bill; Political Notes; Biofuels; Food Safety; and Climate

Farm Bill

Chris Clayton, writing yesterday at the DTN Ag Policy Blog, noted that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is holding its annual meeting in Atlanta next week. He added that, “So Atlanta becomes the locale for the first farm-policy debate this year. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the AFBF meeting would help set the tone for direction in where Congress may look to cut agricultural programs.

“‘The biggest farm organization is having their annual meeting next week and this is going to be a big debate in the American Farm Bureau Federation and I think that the outcome of that will kind of determine the extent to which direct payments will get a hit,’ Grassley said.

“He added that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is expected to be named ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Roberts, as House chairman in the 1996 farm bill, was the father of direct payments. Roberts’ view will be a major factor in how direct payments are treated.”

Mr. Clayton pointed out that, “After $6 billion cut in the renegotiations with insurance companies, Grassley said he doesn’t see more cuts there.”