A vote is expected soon on the Senate farm bill, a significantly more bipartisan piece of legislation than its counterpart in the House. It is for that reason that Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is confident that it won’t meet much opposition on its way to conference with the House bill.
He joined AgriTalk on Wednesday for the farmer forum to speak with producers from Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Iowa along with host Chip Flory
“The Senate appears to me, to be working in a very bipartisan way,” said Moran. “Coming out of committee, it has very few controversial issues.”
Ray Gaesser, former president of the American Soybeans Association (ASA), asked Moranabout any potential advancement for subsidies on crop insurance having a payment limit. There was an amendment proposed that would deal with that issue.
“It is one in my view that would be damaging to crop insurance,” said Moran. “We need to make sure that by reducing the number of people in upper income and larger farms participating in crop insurance. We don’t take away the opportunity for affordable crop insurance for smaller income farmers. We need to share that risk.”
Action on the Senate floor on Wednesday, related to the farm bill, was focused solely on amendments.
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