January 20, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Trade; and Labor Issue

Farm Bill Issues

Ron Hays reported yesterday at The Oklahoma Farm Report Online that, “The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, talked with Director of Farm Programming Ron Hays about a variety of ag issues on Wednesday morning– including a discussion of the three day debate on the FY2012 Ag Appropriations bill. Lucas says that except for the amendment offered by Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake that prohibits USDA from paying the $147 million to the Brazilian Cotton Institute [background on that trade case available here and here], the attempts to change farm policy on the floor was turned back.”

(FarmPolicy Note: To listen to a portion of yesterday’s discussion between Mr. Hays and Chairman Lucas, which included analysis of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill, just click here (MP3- 3:21).  Also, a related editorial on the Brazil cotton issue posted earlier this week at the Wisconsin State Journal Online (Madison) stated that, “If Congress can’t cut off one wasteful payment to Brazil, how will it ever get serious about scaling back billions in domestic subsidies?”)

Yesterday’s update by Ron Hays added that, “Lucas also talked about the instructions to USDA to not to go forward in finalizing the GIPSA Rule after October first, about the Senate Ag Committee passing HR 872, the 2008 Farm Law Audit Sessions that were supposed to start today, deficit reduction and the efforts by Vice President Joe Biden to broker a deal and the hang-up on the Free Trade Deals.”

To listen to perspective from Chairman Lucas on the deficit reduction negotiations, just click here (MP3- 2:25).

The complete Oklahoma Farm Report discussion with Chairman Lucas from yesterday is available here.