November 21, 2019

Video: Sen. Pryor Notes Farm Bill Extension Expiration on Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

Today on the Senate floor, Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) discussed the expiration of the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.


Video: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack On The Government Shutdown

Categories: Budget

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oct. 1- “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack comments on the government shutdown and the value of USDA employees to the nation.”


Chairwoman Stabenow Notes Farm Bill on Floor

Categories: Food Aid

On the Senate floor Monday, Senate Ag Commmittee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) discussed the expiration of the Farm Bill extension.

A transcript of her remarks, from the Congressional Record, can be viewed by clicking here.


Budget Issues; Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy

Budget Issues- General Overview

Janet Hook and Kristina Peterson reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “After three years of ducking crises with last-minute deals, Congress finally ran out of ways to patch over its differences. Unable to meet a midnight Monday deadline for funding the government, lawmakers allowed it to shut down.

“The White House ordered federal agencies to suspend a vast array of activities shortly before midnight, after a day of frantic legislative volleying left Senate Democrats and House Republicans at an impasse over government spending and the 2010 health-care law. The next steps to resolve the stalemate remained unclear.”

The Journal article explained that, “In their final exchange, in the waning hours before Monday’s deadline, the House passed by a 228-201 vote a short-term spending measure that would have funded agencies through mid-December while delaying for one year the law’s requirement that most individuals carry health insurance or pay a penalty. It also would have limited government subsidies for lawmakers’ own health-care premiums and those of their staffs. The Senate rejected it shortly afterward, 54-46.

“After 1 a.m., with the shutdown of agencies already triggered, the House voted again to support the same proposal, returning it to the Senate with a measure that would set up a negotiating committee. The vote was 228-199.”

This info graphic from The New York Times illustrated the back and forth process between the House and Senate on this issue over the past several days.


Video: Ag Economist Darrel Good Discusses USDA’s Grain Stocks Report

University of Illinois Ag Economist Darrel Good discussed the USDA’s Grain Stocks report yesterday with Todd Gleason of University of Illinois Extension.