From the United Egg Producers- May 3.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), May 3- “A USDA meteorologist says drought is affecting less of the nation and reducing the effect of recent flooding. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more.”
Farm Bill- Policy Issues
In a radio interview earlier this week with Mick Kjar (Ag News 890, Terry Loomis, Farm Director (Fargo, ND)), Senate Agriculture Committee member John Hoeven (R., N.D.) discussed the potential timing of the Farm Bill.
Sen. Hoeven noted that, “We had a meeting last Thursday, and we’re going to try to be, in our Ag Committee, marking up the [Farm] bill by the end of next week.”
If not by the end of next week, Sen. Hoeven added, “then we are going to start essentially the 13th –that week of the 13th…[W]e want to be to the Senate floor, in front of the full Senate in May.” (Ag News 890 audio clip here (MP3- 1:08)).
And speaking yesterday on the Agriculture Today radio program (The Red River Farm Network), Sen. Hoeven indicated that, “The Farm Bill is still going to emphasize crop insurance first.” (Agriculture Today audio clip here (MP3- 0:15)).
A news release Wednesday from Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) stated that, “Six members of the Colorado congressional delegation are urging leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture committees to pass a five-year Farm Bill. In a bipartisan and bicameral letter today, Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet [D] and Representatives Scott Tipton [R], Mike Coffman [R], Cory Gardner [R] and Ed Perlmutter [D] called the bill crucial for farmers, ranchers and rural economies across the state.”