WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013- As the House Agriculture Committee gets ready to being mark-up of the 2013 Farm Bill, several of the more than 90 amendments are expected to be included in a manager’s amendment, Agri-Pulse has learned.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., will offer an en bloc amendment to the draft farm bill, HR 1947, that will include 28 individual amendments.

Commodity Title amendments include:

Rep. Bob Gibbs, R- Ohio, Prohibits USDA from releasing personal private info

Rep. Gibbs, Requires annual report of the effects of PLC and RLC program

Conservation Title provisions include:

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., Enable NRCS to make payments for the duration of EQIP contracts for wildlife habitat management

Nutrition Title provisions include:

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., To clarify direct-to-consumer markets

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., Requiring Secretary of Agriculture to conduct review of benefits of white potatoes

Rep., Austin Scott, R-Ga., EBT transfer transaction routing system

Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., Pilot state run EBT retailer fraud investigation program

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., Bans certain recruitment activates and mandates verification of disqualified individuals

Rural Development Title provisions include:

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Study of rural transportation issues

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., Essential Community Facilities technical assistance and training

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., Restore funding for water, waste disposal, and wastewater facility grants

Forestry Title provisions include:

Rep. Benishek, Study on raw materials of wood producing facilities

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Reimbursement of fire funds expended by state

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., USDA report on conditions of forest roads

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Requires the Forest Products Lab to demonstrate the benefits of wood as green bldg. material

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., Forest designation by description

Horticulture Title provisions include:

Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., Allocation of funds to Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

Rep. Ribble, To modify the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Rep. Austin Scott, Secretary of Agriculture must report to Committee on health effects of sulfuryl fluoride

Rep. Schrader, Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Order

Rep. Joe Courtney, Directs Secretary to conduct report in impact of local and regional food sytsems

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL, Adding clarification that seed and treated seed shall not be considered a pesticide or device

Crop Insurance Title provisisons include:

Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., Study of the feasibility of crop insurance for food safety recalls

Miscellaneous Title provisions include:

Rep, Rick Crawford, R-Ark., FSA office closures

Rep. Courtney, Provides grants to states, tribal governments, and research institutions for maple sugaring

Rep. Davis, Regulatory review by the Secretary of Ag.

Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, Study on Bovine TB in Texas

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, To establish a Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Center


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