January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; Budget; Biofuels; Ag Economy; Immigration; and Political Notes

Farm Bill

Amy Dalrymple reported yesterday at The Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) Online that, “In the middle of a crew camp that houses North Dakota oil workers, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got an earful about agriculture.

“Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, toured the Bakken on Wednesday to see North Dakota’s energy production firsthand, but he also talked one-on-one with Cando farmer Gene Nicholas about the state’s other leading industry.

Nicholas, a retired state legislator, said he came away from the discussion with confidence that a farm bill ‘that we can live with’ will be passed this year.”

Ms. Dalrymple explained that, “Cantor’s visit was closed to the media except for a press conference in which Cantor took three questions.

During the press conference, Cantor said Speaker of the House John Boehner will appoint members of a conference committee on the farm bill in September, after passing a bill dealing with food stamps.

“‘We in the House expect to move a nutrition title out of the House,’ Cantor said. ‘That title will reflect the reform agenda that we’ve been about in the nutrition program.’”

The article noted that, “Cantor, hosted by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met with energy industry and community leaders at a crew camp in Williston, toured a drilling site and other oilfield locations in the Bakken and met with North Dakota Petroleum Council members in Watford City.”