January 27, 2020

Ag Budget Concerns Noted as Supply and Demand Issues Garner Attention

Farm Bill Issues- Budget and Timing

John Stucke reported on Saturday at The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Online that, “Together with [Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., who serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee], [Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R- Wash.)] met with a couple dozen farmers, agribusiness leaders and people involved in research at Washington State University.

Congress will attempt to pass a new farm bill next year and the two lawmakers wanted to hear about what’s working in the current bill and what has failed.

“‘Our message is that, for the most part, the farm bill as it stands right now is working,’ said Washtucna wheat grower Brett Blankenship. ‘There are many reasons the ag sector is healthy and one of them is that we have a federal safety net … to ensure we provide enough food that’s cheap, safe and reliable.’”