January 23, 2020 Interview: Chairman Conrad- Group of Six Proposal and Agriculture

Categories: Audio /Budget /Farm Bill

Today spoke with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) about the Group of Six budget proposal and its potential implications for agriculture.

A transcript of our conversation is available here.

An audio replay of the discussion can be heard here (MP3- 9:00).

Keith Good


Farm Bill; Ag Economy; CFTC Issues; and Trade

Farm Bill Issues

DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson on Wednesday endorsed the Gang of Six senators’ budget proposal and said he has instructed his staff to begin researching a farm bill with the $11 billion in cuts that the proposal would involve.

“‘I think this is coming together,’ Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, told DTN. ‘I told my staff to start looking at this yesterday.’

One key farm lobbyist said farmers would be ‘dancing cartwheels’ if the cuts in farm programs can be held to $11 billion over 10 years. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., proposed a $48 billion cut over 10 years in the fiscal year 2012 budget bill that the House passed. Senate Agriculture Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has said that passage of the Ryan budget proposal has made it increasingly difficult to keep the discussion of ag cuts at the $10 billion proposed under the Simpson-Bowles presidential commission plan.”