January 29, 2020

Farm Bill Issues; Budget Issues; and Rural Data

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Hearings on the Farm Economy: Background

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spent nearly four hours testifying about the U.S. farm economy yesterday on Capitol Hill

In the morning, he appeared before the House Ag Committee, (prepared testimony, audio replay of the hearing) while in the afternoon, he spoke before the Senate Ag Committee, where a second panel of witnesses also followed his presentation (video replay and prepared testimony, opening statement from Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), remarks from Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS)).

During his appearances before the two committees, lawmakers raised a variety of subject matters, including: Biotechnology, conservation, the proposed GIPSA rule, nutrition, trade, the estate tax, and civil rights.

However, larger themes also emerged from yesterday’s hearings. These themes included commodity prices; land values and economic stability; regulation; dairy policy; and crop insurance.