January 20, 2020

Farm Bill; Regulations; Food Safety; and the Ag Economy

Farm Bill Issues

Jim Harger reported yesterday at The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.) Online that, “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow assured about 150 farmers and farm policy experts Monday they will fight for farm interests despite calls for deep cuts in Washington D.C.

“The greatest threat in Washington is the GOP-controlled U.S. House, which has called for $48 billion in cuts to farm programs, said Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“‘Our challenge right now, honestly, is all the new members in the House,’ said Stabenow, who brought Vilsack to an hour-long meeting in a pole barn owned by Sparta farmer Jim Mays.”