January 27, 2020

Farm Bill; Agricultural Economy; Biofuels; and Budget Issues

Farm Bill Issues

Tom Quaife reported yesterday at the Dairy Herd Network Online that, “Expectations for the next Farm Bill will ride on one major issue: The national debt, which now stands at $14.38 trillion.

“‘All of the oxygen in Washington is being breathed up by this problem,’ U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) told those attending the National Dairy Producers Conference in Omaha on Monday.”

Yesterday’s update added that, “It may not be the best time for agriculture to be making its case to Washington.

“For instance, congressmen are seeing headlines that chronicle high crop prices. ‘It leads to the thought process in Congress that all farmers are rich,’ said Mary Kay Thatcher, director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation.”