January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; EPA; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill

The “Washington Insider” section of DTN reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member on the House Ag Committee, spoke Aug. 13 at the Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference, leaving no doubt the fate of the new farm bill is murky.

“‘We’re not giving up on getting a new farm bill passed,’ Peterson said, but he added, ‘I’m not sure how we get this done’ due to food nutrition issues pushed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

“As for a coming House-Senate conference, Peterson said he told Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ‘there will be target prices’ in the Title I safety net program and ‘they will be based on planted acres not to exceed base acres.’ He noted that some commodity groups are ‘simply wrong’ to press base acres rather than planted acres for any target price payments. ‘We can’t sell that to Congress any more … about paying for acres not planted.’”