January 21, 2020

Farm Bill and Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and MF Global

Farm Bill and Policy Issues

Gary Moseman noted earlier this week at the Great Falls Tribune Online (Mont.) that, “When Congress reaches its now-customary partisan deadlocks on Capitol Hill more than 2,000 miles from northcentral Montana, it has the characteristics of a sideshow for most of us — power-suited dandies posturing for the cameras and for the most advantageous positions going into the coming election year.

“Watching the body’s inability to pass key taxing and spending legislation, along with nightly sound bites by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with counterpunches from House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, we have no trouble at all understanding congressional approval ratings that have plummeted well into single digits.

But before becoming too cynical about the process, it’s important to remember the extreme weight of the measures currently occupying the time of our national leaders.”