January 20, 2020

Farm Bill Issues; Ag Economy; CFTC Issue; and Trade

Farm Bill: Senate Ag Committee Field Hearing

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Kansas farmers and agribusiness people offered a unified theme Thursday that crop insurance provides the strongest safety net and deserves more protection from federal budget cuts than other farm-bill programs such as direct payments.

“A field hearing by the Senate Agriculture Committee in Wichita offered Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a chance to see drought’s effects on Kansas farmers and hear people involved in Kansas agriculture offer their thoughts on what the next farm bill should offer farmers and ranchers. A hotel ballroom was packed with more than 400 people from across the state for the hearing that lasted more than three hours.”