January 24, 2020

Chairwoman Stabenow Discusses Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

Today, Sen. Ag. Comm. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) sent the Senate Farm Bill to the House- she discussed this process on the floor this evening.


Sen. Hoeven Discusses Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.) discussed the Farm Bill. He called on the Senate & House to form a conference committee.


Rep. Smith Questions Trade Representative on Agriculture Issues

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) asks U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to explain how the Administration is working to ensure science-based food safety standards and strong enforcement mechanisms in upcoming trade negotiations during a Committee on Ways and Means hearing on July 18, 2013.


Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Immigration; and, CFTC- CORRECTED

Farm Bill

(Note: An article in the Agricultural Economy section of this report has been corrected).

Yesterday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams included an interview with House Ag. Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.).

The AgriTalk interview was played in two segments.  An audio replay of the longer portion of yesterday’s discussion can be heard here (MP3), and an unofficial transcript of this part of the interview can also be viewed here.

Chairman Lucas indicated that, “Mike, my understanding is that the staff of the U.S. House—I believe that would be the clerk’s office—have transmitted to the United States Senate our copy of H.R. 2642 that we passed last week in the United States House. That means we’re now at a point in time where the Senate has to take the next step. They passed their bill substantially earlier.

“But unfortunately, because of a constitutional issue dealing with revenue, their bill cannot be heard on the floor of the House in its present form. It’s been blue slipped by the Ways and Means Committee. So now the Senate either has to pass our bill, which of course I think would be a great idea, or reject our bill, and I suppose insert their language into our bill and send it back, which would lead to a conference.

But at this moment the United States Senate has the House passed version of what I call the farm bill farm bill, and we’re waiting on them to take action.”