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Block out the noice around the farm bill

Sep 20, 2013

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

September 20, 2013

Block out all the ‘noise’ around farm bill

Pro Farmer Washington Consultant Jim Wiesemeyer did what he does best in several “Inside Washington Today” columns on last week — he cut through all the noise of the farm bill drama and bottom lined upcoming action.

  • Efforts by a commodity group to eliminate a key price loss coverage program in the House bill will fail and is largely being dismissed by key lawmakers as background noise.
  • There will be a safety net choice in an eventual farm bill – between revenue and price-loss coverage.
  • Key unknown is whether lawmakers can agree on a food stamp funding cut figure. We believe they can.
  • The House approval of the nutrition bill ups the odds for a new farm bill, but an extension still cannot be ruled out.
    Efforts to include dairy supply management language in the new bill will likely fail.

House Republicans earlier this week passed a nutrition bill with $39 billion in cuts (over 10 years) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — formerly food stamps). House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) expects the Senate to reappoint conferees and for formal farm bill negotiations to start in October.



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