FarmPolicy

September 22, 2018

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
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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.

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