"Emotional Element" to Farm Bill Discussion

March 27, 2017 01:34 PM

Last week, ag secretary nominee Sonny Perdue had his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Ag Committee, however it ended without a vote and one hasn’t been scheduled.

Once Perdue is approved, he’ll begin heading up plans for a new Farm Bill from his seat at the USDA, but the process is already underway in Congress.

Several hearings have taken place, and lawmakers tell AgriTalk they hope to finish the legislation by next year and possibly schedule a vote during the lame duck session in November and December of 2018.

“One of the buzzwords you always hear in a Farm Bill is ‘countercyclical,” said Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark. “A Farm Bill is written so you can create some level of support in a downturn and then ease off the gas a little bit in an upturn. It’s difficult to write a Farm Bill that’s designed to help people in bad times when you’re in good times.”

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bad axe, MI
3/28/2017 07:34 AM

  You can have all this warm and fuzzy talk about the farm bill but the bottom line is , if you impose a 20% border tax on imports your going to kill AG because everyone else is going to do that to us. You can give the farmer a $100.00 government payment but he's still in the hole a $100.00 an acre. Like Trump said when he was running for POTUS every thing is 5 times to high to compete in trade with the world. When you print 68 trillion dollars of fiat currency to keep you economy going because we don't produce anything to sell it's all serviced based. Your going to go broke and we finally are.

Ocilla, GA
3/29/2017 02:09 AM

  It said that it was difficult to help people in good times. Well it has been a long time since farming was good and this year is no different. These people seem to be out of touch with what is really going on.


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