In this file:


·         Farm Bill Deal in Principle

·         BREAKING NEWS: Possible Agreement Reached on Farm Bill

·         On Capitol Hill, Tentative Agreement for a ‘Status Quo’ Farm Bill

·         Policy Analyst Says There’s Optimism Ag Committee Leaders Close To Completing A Farm Bill



Farm Bill Deal in Principle


BY Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent

via KTIC (NE) - November 29, 2018


WASHINGTON, D.C., (DTN) — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said late Wednesday that he and the other agriculture committee leaders have reached an “agreement in principle” on the farm bill, but there are more details to be worked out.


“I am excited about the progress that has been made. We’ve reached an agreement in principle, but we’ve got more work to do. I’m committed to delivering this important win to rural America,” Conaway said in an email to DTN.


Conaway’s statement was important because Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Senate Agriculture ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., had all issued statements earlier in the day indicating agreement while Conaway remained silent.


After a hearing Wednesday morning, Roberts and Stabenow told reporters that that they are closer than ever to finishing the farm bill conference report.


They noted that the congressional leadership has settled the issue of what, if any, forestry provisions will be included in the bill. They also said the Congressional Budget Office still has to figure out how much the various provisions will cost. The overall bill including nutrition provisions that make up most of the spending is expected to cost about $900 billion over 10 years.


Noting that he had said Tuesday “we’re close,” Roberts said that now “we are very, very close.”


Stabenow said she agreed with Roberts, and added that it is “helpful” that the congressional leadership is in favor of getting the bill done before the legislative year ends.


The Senate and House top leaders — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — resolved the forestry question Tuesday evening, the senators said. The issue had been bumped up to the leadership level because the issues were broader than those over which the agriculture committees have jurisdiction.


Roberts said that there was not time to write a major forestry provision, and that forestry would be “a minimum bill.” Stabenow noted that forestry has sometimes been handled outside the farm bill...





BREAKING NEWS: Possible Agreement Reached on Farm Bill


Marjorie Kulba, FarmJournal's Pork

November 28, 2018


There appears to be agreement "in principle" when it comes to the Farm Bill. Our Washington reporter, Jim Weisemeyer, says the bill is now waiting for final scoring estimates by the Congressional Budget Office.  He says that's according to Republican Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas, but he says Roberts says it's premature to say there is a complete agreement.


Weisemeyer also said Roberts expects the Farm Bill to be considered as a standalone bill...





On Capitol Hill, Tentative Agreement for a ‘Status Quo’ Farm Bill


By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming - 11/29/2018


With congressional leaders calling the shots on forestry language, House and Senate negotiators reached tentative agreement Wednesday on a five-year farm bill that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. With an incendiary proposal by House Republicans for strict SNAP work requirements apparently off the table, the $87-billion-a-year legislation would make few noteworthy changes in U.S. food and ag policy.


“It seems to be the most status quo farm bill that I can recall,” said former USDA chief economist Joe Glauber, who compared the 2018 iteration to bills written as long ago as 1977. “It seems like very minor changes.”


The 2018 farm bill would tweak the two-track system of crop subsidies created in 2014 and pay for an expansion of the land-idling Conservation Reserve Program by reducing the annual rent paid to landowners, based on common elements of the bills passed by each chamber. For farmers, the most welcome part of the bill would be the first chance since the 2014 farm law took effect to switch enrollment between the insurance-like Agricultural Risk Coverage subsidy and the traditionally styled Price Loss Coverage subsidy.


Senate Agriculture chairman Pat Roberts and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the senior Democrat on the committee, used the same words — “very, very close” — at midday to describe the state of negotiations. A couple of hours later, they strengthened their language to say there was a tentative agreement on outstanding issues in the bill, subject to “scoring” by the Congressional Budget Office, which could stretch into next week. Roberts and Stabenow are the lead Senate negotiators. House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway and Rep. Collin Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, are the lead House conferees.


“I am excited about the progress that has been made,” said Conaway. “We’ve reached an agreement in principle, but we’ve got more work to do.”


Roberts and Stabenow...


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Policy Analyst Says There’s Optimism Ag Committee Leaders Close To Completing A Farm Bill


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Nov 28, 2018


Farm Bill negotiators have come to terms on key issues in the farm bill, but some new demands from the White House to add changes to forestry policy has been bumped up to congressional leaders to reach a deal. Pro Farmer’s Washington Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer says mid-week there is optimism ag committee leaders are very close to finishing a deal.


He says House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway has backed off of work reforms.


However, Senate Ag Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow says the last-minute demands could bring down the bill and the forestry issues have been bumped up to Senate and House leaders.


Wiesemeyer says if the leaders are successful in reaching a deal the new bill would strengthen the Commodity title...


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