January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; Political Notes; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Farm Bill Agreement Reached

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House-Senate negotiators reached agreement and filed a new farm bill late Monday, a nearly 960-page measure [bill text, statement of managers, brief overview] that combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs together with bipartisan reforms and savings from food stamps.

“As fast as the papers were signed, the meat industryspurned in the final deal making — was already organizing to try to kill the measure when it comes to the House floor Wednesday.

“But for a moment Monday night, the stage belonged to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees, who have struggled through two Congresses to hold together the frayed, often fractured coalition of agriculture and nutrition interests behind any farm bill.”