January 23, 2020

Farm Bill; Budget; Ag Economy; CFTC; and, Trade

Farm Bill Issues

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House and Senate farm bill leaders edged closer Thursday, joined in a last ditch effort —together with Agriculture Secy. Tom Vilsackto put in place a new five-year plan before the end of this Congress.

“Vilsack played host to the gathering of the top four Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees [related photo]. And he told reporters later that ‘absolutely’ he remained optimistic that a bill can be completed before Dec. 31 and the focus must be on that goal, not a simple extension.

“‘What I was interested in doing today was basically get all four folks who are critical to this process in the room at the same time talking to each other and we’ve accomplished that,’ Vilsack said. ‘There is a commitment to work and try to get this resolved. The countryside needs a five year farm bill, rural America needs a five year farm bill.’”