Farm Bill Update: ‘It Shouldn’t Be This Hard’

September 16, 2013 09:50 AM
Farm Bill Update: ‘It Shouldn’t Be This Hard’

While he and other members of the House Agriculture Committee will complete their work done, Chairman Frank Lucas says getting a farm bill has proven challenging in 2013.

"It shouldn’t be this hard to make sure everybody has enough to eat," Lucas tells AgriTalk in the second of a four-part series. "The other thing I would say is, the magnitude by which (Ranking Member Rep.) Collin (Peterson (D-MN)) and I have been pelted from both the left and the right, this is not a political issue."

(Click to read Part 1: Frank Lucas Talks Path to a 2013 Farm Bill)

Colleagues on the left don’t want to spend any money on rural America, he says, while colleagues on the right are opposed to spending money under any circumstances.

"That would be great, except we need a safety need in the production title. We need to continue our investments in conservation. We need to make sure that rural development resources are there so somebody would live in rural America. The nutrition title is important. We’ve made the statement now through the years, we’re not going to let anybody starve to death. We’re going to help them."

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Spell Check

9/25/2013 10:33 AM

  I look at your results on the vote of who is to blame on the lack of a passing of the farm bill! It appears to me that you have a large percentage of ignorant democrats voting that don't know what's in the Farm Bill. Please tell us what the United States Chamber of Commerce and the afl-cio drafted in regards to the minimum wage for immigrant farm workers and the fact that these immigrant farm workers will be members of the unions that have bankrupt many a company and city in the United States!