Farm, Commodity Groups to Hear from Key Ag Panel Staffers Next Week

January 27, 2012 12:17 AM

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Major organizations to gather leaders, staff as farm bill debate gears up

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Leaders and key staff from U.S. farm and commodity organizations will hold sessions next week in which they will hear from key staffers of the House and Senate Ag Committees.

The sessions in Washington will cover parts of two days next week (Tues. and Wed.) and will have the farm and commodity organizations hearing from Tara Smith, Joe Schultz, Clark Oglivie and Matt Schertz. Also attending will be a few Appropriations panels staffers and Jim Miller from Sen. Kent Conrad's (D-N.D.) office (and formerly USDA Undersecretary).


The confab is expected to lay out views on how the next US farm bill will unfold.

However, contacts note the sessions may not provide the answers some are looking for. Given that there will very likely be a new budget resolution from the House that will cover the spending parameters of the coming debate, the session next week may be more of one to gather many of the key groups together to lay out their positions. (The House budget resolution could likely determine how much spending cuts are needed via the farm bill. The resolution timeline would be sometime in April.)

Farm bill budget cut amount. The attempt last year to find $23 billion in savings via a farm bill proposal that leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees hoped to include in the failed Super Committee effort to find at least $1.2 trillion in debt reduction over the next decade may not be the level of savings the panels will be asked to come up with under the coming budget parameters. "It may be more and won’t likely be less than what the leaders generated last year," said one contact who will be attending next week’s session.

New farm group leader orientation. Further, while organizations have mostly staked their positions in the farm bill debate, there are new leaders atop several of the commodity organizations – farmer leaders elected on an annual basis by their membership – and the session may serve as somewhat of a get-to-know-you session, contacts note. Contacts advise the organizations involved will each have a block of time to present their positions for the coming farm bill debate.

Selected list without livestock interests. There appears to be no officials from livestock industry groups asked to attend the farm bill gathering.


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