Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts forcefully rejected proposed farm bill reforms that would make the Agriculture Risk Coverage program more attractive and increase payments to farmers in the upper Midwest at the expense of producers in other regions.
Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working to finalize key details of their draft farm bill, including changes to the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, with hopes of bringing the legislation out of committee sometime in June.
With a farm bill floor debate looming next week, House members have filed more than half a dozen amendments attacking various aspects of the crop insurance program and others seeking to tighten rules for commodity subsidies and to roll back the sugar program.
House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway kicked off a battle over the next farm bill by releasing draft legislation that offers producers improvements to major commodity programs at minimal cost, while overhauling conservation policy and making sweeping reforms to nutrition assistance.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2017 - With the Republican agenda in disarray, the House Agricul-ture Committee moves ahead this week with preparations for a new farm bill by diving into commodity concerns and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 - Cotton growers are redoubling their efforts to get new federal assistance approved by Congress or the Trump administration before lawmakers start writing the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2017 - As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, most of the discussion among traditional farm groups has focused on finding more money to help milk producers and cotton growers and to shore up the Agriculture Risk Coverage program. But some Democrats are looking to shift more money into programs that help smaller farms and organic producers.