January 22, 2020

Farm Bill; “My Plate,” Ag Economy; Animal Ag; and Food Safety

Farm Bill Issues

Erik Wasson reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “A Democratic appropriator this week successfully convinced Republican appropriators to reduce a cut to child nutrition, but Democrats have only faint hope that the rare victory can be repeated.

“Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) was able late Tuesday to convince her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to restore $147 million to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program, which otherwise would have been cut by $832 million, or 12 percent, in the 2012 agriculture bill.

“With a voice vote, DeLauro fought off the cuts by identifying a program less popular than assistance to the poor: cash payments to Brazilian cotton farmers.”