Farm Bill Issues
Chris Clayton reported yesterday at the DTN Ag Policy Blog that, “House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson told members of the National Farmers Union on Sunday he was optimistic about chances for passing a farm bill this year, but there are hurdles such as a push for steeper cuts in the agriculture budget.
“Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, spoke Sunday night as the National Farmers Union opened its 110th annual convention in Omaha.
“The Senate and House Agriculture Committees are operating under the assumption that they will cut $23 billion out of the baseline spending on agricultural programs over the next 10 years. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has not committed to a number and President Obama’s budget proposal last month aimed for closer to $32 billion in agricultural cuts. The president’s budget proposal may push other lawmakers to demand even more cuts from the Agriculture Committees.”