January 19, 2020

Farm Bill and Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Regulations; and Trade

Farm Bill and Policy Issues

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) penned a column yesterday at The Hill’s Congress Blog (“REFRESH Act: Strengthen rural communities and U.S. energy security”), which stated in part that, “The House and Senate will consider a new Farm Bill at a time when Americans are struggling with climbing energy costs. This nation deserves strategic policies that promote economic growth, enhance our energy security, and work to save Americans’ money. This will require a comprehensive approach that incorporates more domestic oil, biofuels, fuel-saving innovations, and trade with our Canadian partners.

An overlooked source for innovative energy policies is America’s farm program. As Hoosier members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, we laid out responsible energy policies when we introduced the REFRESH Act last fall. The REFRESH Act brings real reforms to farm policy and, by simplifying and consolidating the previous Farm Bill’s energy title, encourages diverse fuels, efficiency investments, and new energy opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.”