The House on Wednesday voted down an attack on federal checkoff programs led by a pair of Republicans who argued the farmer-funded research and promotion efforts fail to fully disclose how they spend their revenue.
The federal government and the farm bill play key roles in advancing technology adoption on the farm that benefits farmers and the environment, Democratic senator and Agriculture Committee member Raphael Warnock said Wednesday.
With a government shutdown looming on Sunday, the House plowed ahead with debating additional cuts to USDA and farm bill programs as part of a fiscal 2024 spending bill that has no chance of becoming law.
Democrats on the House and Senate Agriculture committees see the farm safety net as broader thanthan the major commodity programs and want to make sure that the next farm bill addresses needs of smaller-scale producers, committee aides say.
The House is set to debate the annual funding bill for USDA and FDA this week, even as a partial shutdown looms at the end of this week unless House Republicans and Democratic-controlled Senate can agree on a stopgap spending bill.