January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biotech; and, Immigration

Farm Bill

Doug Finke reported on Saturday at The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Il.) Online that, “U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Saturday that he expects a farm bill now being negotiated in Congress to include provisions requiring the able-bodied to seek work or perform public service to receive food stamps.

“The Virginia Republican said the requirements will be part of the reforms that will be included in the farm bill that’s been held up for months as negotiators try to resolve differences between the House and Senate.

“‘The bill is going to be a reform bill,’ said Cantor, who was in Springfield on Saturday for a fundraiser to benefit U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville. ‘There’s no question the amount of spending in all areas of federal government needs to be examined. It will be about reform.’”

The article noted that, “One area of difference between the House and Senate on the farm bill is the amount of cuts to nutrition programs like food stamps. Both chambers agreed to cuts, but the House wanted far deeper cuts than the Senate.

“‘Nutrition has not been finalized, although we are moving closer to resolution on that,’ Cantor said.”

“Davis said the conferees hope to have the framework of a new farm bill worked out by the end of the month when Congress returns to Washington,” the article said.