January 21, 2020

Farm Bill Issues; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Food Safety

Farm Bill Issues

David Rogers reported on Friday at Politico that, “The top House Democrat on agriculture issues said Friday that it would be a ‘fool’s errand’ to try to resurrect a five-year farm bill in the new 113th Congress if there no promise of fairer treatment by the Republican leadership than the agricultural committees received in the 112th.

“Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson made his comments in a bluntly-written letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that vents all the frustration of past year in which the GOP leadership refused to bring a comprehensive farm bill to the floor.”

Mr. Rogers added that, “Indeed, the anger in the Ag committees is not only because of the lost opportunity for potential savings and reforms but the fact that they were shut out of even writing the final nine-month extension of the 2008 act. Lucas and Peterson crafted one together with the Senate, but Boehner never brought their bill to the floor and instead Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was allowed to set the terms as part of the New Year’s tax deal approved Jan. 1.”