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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag Minute: Farm Bill Conference Unlikely Before August Recess

  • A group of House Members aiming to find a compromise on a nutrition bill before a farm bill conference has met twice, but with time short, it appears unlikely movement toward formal negotiations on a bill will start before August recess.
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  • A group of House Members aiming to find a compromise on a nutrition bill before a farm bill conference has met twice, but with time short, it appears unlikely movement toward formal negotiations on a bill will start before August recess. The House GOP plan is to move a nutrition bill before going to conference with the Senate, which is ready to appoint conferees. After the nutrition working group’s latest meeting Wednesday, however, it is clear such a bill is unlikely until September. With only nine legislative days in September, and many other items on the docket, the delay has many lawmakers and agriculture groups concerned about getting a five-year farm bill done before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said this week that an extension would be his “least favorite option,” but that we are “heading in that direction.” NAWG will continue to push Congress to complete a comprehensive five-year bill before the existing extension expires.

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