December 6, 2019

Farm Bill; Crop Insurance; Ag Economy; and, Biofuels

Farm Bill Issues

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Do Republicans in Congress want to fix the food stamp program — or punish it?

“That’s the question facing the House Agriculture Committee leadership as it rolls out its plan this week to cut farm subsidies together with about $16 billion in 10-year savings from food stamps — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“To get across the House floor, Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) must go to the right of the Democratic-controlled Senate, which took only $4.5 billion from SNAP in its farm bill. But in trying to show some deft and care, Lucas is meeting stiff resistance in his own committee, where nearly two-thirds of the Republicans are freshmen from the large 2010 class so influenced by the rise of the tea party.”