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·         Farm Bill Veterans Peterson and Roberts Weigh In on Obstacles Facing Next Farm Bill

·         Gauging climate language in upcoming farm bill



Farm Bill Veterans Peterson and Roberts Weigh In on Obstacles Facing Next Farm Bill


By Eric Pfeiffer, Hoosier Ag Today (IN)

Nov 21, 2021


Former Congressman Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, and former Senator and Congressman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, spoke to farm broadcasters Friday about some of the obstacles the next Farm Bill in 2023 will face politically. Peterson says the biggest factor in the next Farm Bill is who will control Congress in 2023.


“Right now, it looks to me like it’s probably going to be the Republicans in the House unless something drastically changes. And in the Senate, you know, I don’t know how to read that, but it looks to me like it could probably go either way.”


Whoever is in control, Peterson believes it will be very difficult to get a Farm Bill passed. Roberts agrees, saying the traditionally bipartisan Ag Committees are fractured.


“We’ve got to quit this business of being in such sad shape that the Ranking Member and the Chairperson are not even talking with regards to the Senate. I think probably the Senate will be a lot closer politically. I think the Republicans are getting ahead of themselves...


more, including audio [1:43 min.]



Gauging climate language in upcoming farm bill


By Rhiannon Branch, Brownfield

November 22, 2021


It’s no secret climate change mitigation will be a driving factor in language for the 2023 Farm Bill, and two former farm bill pioneers say too much focus on that could hurt farmers.


Former House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, and Pat Roberts past Chairman of both the House and Senate Ag committees agree that protecting crop insurance should remain a top priority in the 2023 Farm Bill.


“I think cover crops have a lot of potential, but it is very different having a cover crop situation in Arkansas than it is in Minnesota. You cannot have a one-size-fits -all situation and you certainly cannot require a farmer to have cover crops in order to buy crop insurance like some have brought up.”


Roberts says the severe lack of bipartisan cooperation seen on the current ag committees could make it even more difficult to ensure climate language doesn’t hurt farmers...