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·         Another Farm Bill Delay…

·         Lobbyist: No farm bill surprises expected



Another Farm Bill Delay…


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Dec 4, 2018


Last week farm bill conference leaders were optimistic about the farm bill reaching the House and Senate floors sometime this week. However, that may get delayed as both bodies may not be in session Tuesday and Wednesday due to the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. Center for Rural Affairs Policy Director Jonathan Hladik says that puts a crunch on lawmakers to get the farm bill passed.


The actively engaged in farming payment limitation measure may not be a part of the final farm legislation and that is disappointing according to Hladik.


It appears the final farm bill will include an increase in Conservation Reserve Program acres from 24 million to 27 million. Hladik says while that would be positive says their main objective is making sure the Conservation Stewardship Program is preserved...


more, including audio [1:24 min.]



Lobbyist: No farm bill surprises expected


By Ken Anderson, Brownfield

December 4, 2018


A congressional lobbyist thinks farmers will be happy with the new farm bill.


Like everyone else, Andrew Walmsley, director of congressional affairs for American Farm Bureau, is waiting to see final details of the bill. But Walmsley doesn’t expect many surprises.


“Hopefully enough tweaking and refinements around the edges that we’ve improved a lot of the commodity programs,” Walmsley says. “Obviously we don’t see a negative impact to crop insurance. We defeated those harmful amendments.”


On another topic, Walmsley says he doesn’t expect Congress to take up the U.S. Mexico Canada trade agreement until next summer. And he says President Trump’s promise to formally withdraw from NAFTA should push Congress to act.


“There will be a lot of theatrics that have to take place because of the interests that are involved with this,” he says....


more, including audio [4:45 min.]