FarmPolicy

August 18, 2019

Video: Party Leaders Discuss Farm Bill on House Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

On the House floor today, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) discussed the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill- Policy Issues; Water Resources; Budget; and, Immigration

Farm Bill- Lawmaker Perspectives

A news release yesterday from Senator John Hoeven (R., N.D.) indicated that, “Senators [Hoeven] and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced that the House-Senate farm bill conference committee will convene next week. The senators hosted a farm bill roundtable at North Dakota State University’s Agriculture Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex to gather input from agriculture association leaders and discuss the priorities the senators will work on as members of the joint Senate-House committee.

“The new legislation in both the Senate and the House versions focuses on enhanced crop insurance. The measure includes a new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), continues the sugar program and provides new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) to help producers through years of repetitive losses. The Senate bill saves $24 billion to help reduce the deficit and debt.”

A report posted at the Red River Farm Network (RRFN) Online (viewed earlier this morning) pointed out that, “Senator Klobuchar says they held the roundtable for a reason. ‘We want to send a clear message that republicans and democrats in farm states are working together on this. It’s time to get it done. We finally see some momentum. Out of the chaos of the last few weeks comes opportunity. Finally people are appreciating the fact that the shift from direct subsidies to crop insurance is going to save a lot of money for the public. It means that people that are not in farm states are much more interested in seeing this as part of a budget deal.’ Senator Hoven says the farm bill conference committee will start negotiations next week. ‘I hope to have it done by year end. Even if you look at the timelines that we put in place for the budget conference committee and for the continuing resolution. The budget conference committee has to have something by December 13. The continuing resolution is up January 15.’ Hoeven thinks nutrition will be the biggest challenge.”

The Red River Farm Network’s Mike Hergert provided a report on the Senator’s Farm Bill meeting, and that summary aired on yesterday’s Agriculture Today radio program – related audio here (MP3- 1:52).

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