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January 29, 2020

ABC News: Healthy Lunch Complaints

Categories: Farm Bill

From ABC News Sept. 26- “According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over re-vamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old fashioned snack.”

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Rep. Boswell Talks Farm Bill with Des Moines Register

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Yesterday Rep. Leonard Boswell (D., Iowa), who currently serves on the Ag Committee, sat down with The Des Moines Register editorial board for a wide-ranging discussion on issues associated with his race for Congress in Iowa’s new Third Congressional District against Rep. Tom Latham (R).

During the discussion, the topic of the stalled Farm Bill came up; to listen to a portion of this part of yesterday’s Register interview with Rep. Boswell, click on the listen bar below.

In part, Rep. Boswell discussed the importance of crop insurance, and biofuels, while expressing his frustration that Speaker Boehner has not let the Farm Bill passed by the Ag Committee come to the floor for debate and a vote.

He was asked about the idea of putting conservation compliance requirements on producers in order to make them eligible for crop insurance. Rep. Boswell indicated that he thinks that idea should be discussed and noted that there is “not too much land around” that “hasn’t had conservation practices take place.”

Rep. Boswell also noted that Rep. Latham has not been able to persuade the Speaker on the Farm Bill- related audio below:

And Rep. Boswell also talked about nutrition issues and the SNAP program, related clip below:

For more information on Rep. Latham’s visit with The Des Moines Register editorial board, just click here.

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Farm Bill; Budget Concerns; Biofuels; and the, Ag Economy

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The editorial board at the Minneapolis Star Tribune noted earlier this week that, “The 2008 federal farm bill is set to expire this week because conservative House Republicans are more interested in campaigning for re-election than in doing the work required to adopt new legislation. The inaction may hurt the GOP’s effort to reclaim a majority in the U.S. Senate because of backlash in North Dakota, Montana, Indiana and other rural states with tightly contested races — and rightly so.

“The Senate did its job in June and adopted a five-year, $497 billion bill on a 64-35 vote. Although imperfect, the Senate’s bill would save taxpayers $23 billion over 10 years. But in the House, Speaker John Boehner refused to allow a vote on the bill proposed by the House Agriculture Committee until after the November election.

“At a time when rural America has been hammered by drought, GOP leaders are putting their self-interests before the needs of those they purport to serve. While Boehner insists he doesn’t have the votes for the bill, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, including Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson, openly challenged that assertion last week.”

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