December 10, 2018

Farm Bill; Budget; Agricultural Economy; Biofuels; and, Trade

Farm Bill: House, Senate Perspectives

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “Conflicting views between the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on fairness in the farm bill played out simultaneously Wednesday morning.

“Leaders on a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities and Risk Management questioned whether the farm bill passed by Senate counterparts is fair for all commodities and regions of the country. Several House members and farmers testifying on Wednesday criticized the Senate’s ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ to the safety net.

“Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee leaders argued — literally as the House hearing kicked off — that the farm bill that passed out of committee on a bipartisan vote treats everyone equally. Moreover, that Senate bill is going to get a floor debate soon.”

Mr. Clayton noted that, “Speaking to reporters in a conference call, Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said she was anxious to go to the floor with the farm bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is committed to bringing the bill up and doing so in short order, she said.

“‘I’m confident we are going to see it coming up in the next few weeks,’ Stabenow said.”