Farm-state lawmakers are bracing this week for renewed proposals to cut agriculture spending as President Trump releases his fiscal 2019 budget, and Congress begins an extended debate on immigration policy.
Wading into a potentially divisive farm bill issue, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked Congress to make it harder for states to get waivers from work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Lawmakers seeking to simultaneously boost energy production and reduce carbon emissions are urging House leaders to adopt a tax package providing incentives for the implementation of carbon sequestration.
Historically, new farm bills have not been approved in a timely fashion and often expire before a new one is written. But both Agriculture Committee chairmen are committed to aggressive timelines in 2018.
Prospects this week for passing farm bill fixes sought by cotton and dairy producers dimmed as House Republicans wrangled over a disaster aid bill, and a top Senate Democrat raised objections to the agriculture measures.
When Rep. Collin Peterson recently traveled home to his rural western Minnesota district, he opened his briefing by telling farmers that the number one thing to get done in a new farm bill is to help cotton producers. The livestock, corn, soy, wheat and sugar beet producers – who are thousands of miles from a cotton field - seemed a bit perplexed.