An amendment that would have drastically changed federal sugar policy suffered a bipartisan defeat on the House floor Thursday, helping ag lawmakers avoid a change that could have tanked the farm bill.
House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway kicked off floor debate for the farm bill on Wednesday, kicking off a process that will unfold through the rest of the week.
The House is set to consider a farm bill this week, and Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts wants his bill to be not far behind.
A congressional deadline for North American Free Trade Agreement talks is right around the corner, giving negotiators only two more days to finish up their deal making.
More than 100 farm bill amendments have been filed as the House of Representatives looks to consider the legislation this week.
A bill introduced on Thursday would allow state-inspected meat processing facilities that meet federal standards to sell their products across state lines.