January 18, 2020

Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) was a guest yesterday on the AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams, where the conversation focused on the Farm Bill (audio replay here, MP3- 10:17). An unofficial transcript of yesterday’s discussion is available here.

With respect to USDA Farm Bill implementation, Rep. Peterson noted that, “The Department has put a pretty heavy focus on getting this thing done. There’s been some controversy over the APH decision, which affects Texas and down in that part of the world, that I’ve heard about. The dairy stuff I think could have got going a little bit sooner, but that’s now being actively rolled out. We have our first meeting today in my district with the FSA folks and the University of Minnesota, and I’m going to attend one of those tomorrow to kind of see how that’s all going.

“We had the Secretary here last Thursday in Minnesota, and he’s announcing at that time the PLC/ARC signup. And that’s going to take some real study on the part of farmers to make sure that they understand the implications and have as much information as they can get before they have to make the decision probably sometime after the first of the year.”