January 20, 2020

Farm Bill; and Ag Economy Issues

Farm Bill Issues

Agri-Pulse Senior Editor Stewart Doan reported yesterday that, “Democrats and Republicans alike on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday praised U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts to crack down on fraud and abuse in farm and nutrition assistance programs and asked a panel of senior USDA officials for suggestions on how they might further streamline programs and services in the 2012 Farm Bill.

“‘We need to be thinking about ways that we can streamline the services we’re offering to make them more effective, and cut red tape and paperwork that our producers shouldn’t have to worry about,’ said Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow at a hearing on accountability in USDA programs.”

Four agriculture undersecretaries in charge of implementing ag and nutrition programs assured committee members they’d taken steps to measure performance and eliminate duplication and waste in their respective mission areas.”