Senate Ag Committee Chairman Expects Farm Bill Vote in March
by P.J. Griekspoor (American Agriculturalist) Sen. Roberts urged farmers to be ready to ‘sound off’ in support of farmer-friendly legislation. — March will be the month the 2018 Farm Bill comes to the Senate floor. At least that’s the best guess of Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
This will not be the year for a “revolutionary” farm bill, but rather one with modest changes designed to improve the current farm bill and provide language that offers producers consistency and transparency along with better on-time payment performance.
Farmers need approval of USDA under-secretaries, Roberts said, especially Bill Northey for undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, and Greg Doud for chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
“We need these nominees confirmed and we need them at work now,” Roberts said. “Without them in place, the USTR (Robert Lighthizer) is getting far too much information from the White House and from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. And that isn’t good for farmers.”
He said he does not anticipate a hard partisan fight on the bill, largely because the ag committees in both the House and the Senate have strong bipartisan leaders that have worked well together in the past. READ MORE
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