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April 24, 2014

Lawmakers meet with dairy farmers on Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

From KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) Online, Dec. 7- “Valley dairy farmers are urging lawmakers to get to work and pass the farm bill.

“Congressman Jim Costa and top house agriculture democrat, Congressman Collin Peterson [Minn.], met with Valley dairy farmers on Thursday. They discussed the latest efforts to get a five year farm bill passed before the end of the year.

“Lawmakers are focused first on proposed reforms to replace the outdated and costly subsidy system of direct cash payments to producers. Valley dairy farmers say they need answers now, because the price of milk and other dairy products are set to skyrocket in 2013 if congress fails to pass a new bill.

“‘We have only three weeks left of session. We’re working very hard in these last three weeks as a part of a overhaul agreement to produce a farm bill. We’re not there yet. We’re close,’ said Rep. Jim Costa (D) Fresno.

Valley dairy producers have already suffered steep losses from jumps in feed corn prices this year. In California alone, 100 farmers have been forced to file for bankruptcy.”

Note also this tweet from Rep. Costa:

Sen. Barrasso, Sen. Blunt Highlight Estate Tax on Senate Floor Thursday

Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wy.) discussed estate tax issues on the Senate floor on Thursday.

A video replay of a portion of his remarks can be found below, while a transcript of some of his remarks on the estate tax issue can be found here. For more detail, see Thursday’s Congressional Record (at S7672-S7674).

Likewise, Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) also discussed the estate tax issue on the Senate floor on Thursday.

A video replay of a portion of his remarks can be found below, while a transcript of some of his remarks can be viewed here. For more detail, see Thursday’s Congressional Record (at S7674-S7675).

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Farm Bill Developments

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas signaled new optimism that a deal could be reached on a five-year farm bill, saying ‘great progress’ has been made on the commodity title and he is looking for a year-end budget agreement to get over the finish line.

“With just weeks left before this Congress adjourns, Lucas spelled out a process in which enactment could be delayed until early 2013 as part of a larger deficit-reduction package. But a five-year bill ‘can be done and if the powers that be determine that it will be done, it will happen,’ Lucas said.

“The Oklahoma Republican made his comments first before a Washington breakfast sponsored by the Farm Journal, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) echoed his optimism in a speech at the same forum just hours later.”

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