January 19, 2020

AgriTalk: Charlie Stenholm on Congressional Gridlock

Categories: Farm Bill

From AgriTalk radio, November 28, “Former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm, a longtime member of the House Ag Committee, is not terribly optimistic as Congress peers over the edge of the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Stenholm spoke out on the partisan gridlock that is holding up the economy and the farm bill while on AgriTalk at the Ag Retailers Association Conference in San Diego. He also touched on his work to bring back horse slaughter in the U.S.”


NewsHour: As Immigration Reform Returns to Agenda, Republicans Counter With ‘Achieve Act’

From the PBS NewsHour program, November 28, “Two retiring Republican senators have introduced a new plan for immigration reform that grants legal status but not citizenship to young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents. Ray Suarez talks to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Tex., one of the authors of the plan, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.”


Video: USDA Surveying Conservation Programs

Categories: Farm Bill

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, November 29, “USDA is conducting a survey to help farmers protect the environment and maintain productive farmland.”


Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Renewable Energy; Budget

Farm Bill, Policy Issues

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The four top House and Senate players on the farm bill are scheduled to meet Thursday with Agriculture Secy. Tom Vilsack, a luncheon which has taken on added importance given the growing pressure for some resolution before the end of next month.

“Consumers are threatened by a potential doubling in milk prices January 1, absent some action by Congress. And Vilsack and the Agriculture Committees must soon decide if they have any real shot of wrapping a five-year farm bill into whatever deficit reduction package emerges from talks now between the White House and Congress.

“Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, the ranking Republican on the Senate panel, told POLITICO Tuesday that he felt encouraged by the administration to pursue this strategy. And Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the committee’s chairwoman, has signaled that this is very much the direction she is taking as well.”