McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag Minute: Farm Bill Update: Not Much Action on the Main Attraction

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  • Farm leaders are meeting with constituents back home during the August recess, occasionally offering their thoughts on the likely farm bill end game but few details on a firm path to completion for the vital legislation. Both House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) have met with farmers recently to explain the political situation in Washington, D.C., reiterating the uncertain plan for the House to take up a nutrition-only bill, likely with $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program, as soon as Congress returns. Both men have indicated tepid support for a two-year extension if a new, comprehensive bill cannot be written. For her part, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) reiterated this week that the farm bill would get done this year, though it might be pushed past the Sept. 30 deadline. Any talk of extension remains a non-starter in the Senate. NAWG encourages all farmers to be in contact with their Members of Congress over recess to urge completion of a new farm law this year.
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