January 28, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Biotech Issues

Farm Bill

Late last month, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) was a guest on Oklahoma Horizon television, a nationally televised weekly program that explores economic and social trends. Chairman Lucas was interviewed by program host Rob McClendon.

The interview, which was uploaded on Sep. 28, and is available here, focused “on the on again – off again 2012 Farm Bill.”

Chairman Lucas talked about the current political dynamics of divided government in Washington, D.C. and noted that beyond the traditional farm program areas, that the nutrition title was an important point of consideration for the legislation.

The Oklahoma Republican went on to talk about the potential of getting a Farm Bill passed in the post-election lame duck session of Congress. Noting that he was a farmer by trade, and therefore an eternal optimist, Congressman Lucas indicated that there was the possibility of action on the Bill during that time.

Nonetheless, Chairman Lucas did note the crowded agenda that will face lawmakers on their return to the Capitol, including budgetary issues such as the “fiscal cliff,” and potential sequestration.

Within the context of these large budgetary concerns however, Chairman Lucas noted that both the Senate and House Ag Committee passed versions of the Farm Bill do generate substantial savings that could be fused together in considerations on budgetary matters.

Chairman Lucas did acknowledge that the outcome in the November election, Senate, House and executive branch, could be variables that impact the political climate, and potential progress, in the lame duck session.