Current and former agriculture lawmakers offer their thoughts on the next Farm Bill

It is increasingly likely that the next Farm Bill will be written at a time of high commodity prices. This could lead to discussions about the need for a strong safety net for farmers and pastoralists.

Speaking at the 2022 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit, Monday, March 21, 2022, Glenn “GT” Thompson, senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, said his prominent critics include that the agriculture is a business.

And in any business, it’s the margin that matters at the end of the day, how much money is left after you pay your bills. And with the high and rising input costs we’re seeing right now, fertilizer, labor, energy costs, diesel fuel, you keep going on with that list, inflation as a whole is d about 41 years old. While we may have record commodity prices, unfortunately, we have record expenses, and so the margin is low to non-existent at this point.

There is a lot of talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and its role and importance in the upcoming Farm Bill. Former Senate and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said SNAP needs to be part of the Farm Bill.

It has to be part of the agricultural program. First, the USDA handles it better than any other agency. Second, you’re not going to pass the Farm Bill without a proper food stamp program, and it fits into what farmers, ranchers, and producers do, they provide food. The food program really with school meals and everything else, it’s here to stay, should be here to stay. We should write it better than anyone.

Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson said recent history shows lawmakers shouldn’t gamble with the nutrition agenda.

You have people in this country who are being paid dearly by some of these right-wing groups to come up with all this nonsense that killed the last two farm bills. Farm Bill 13 failed in the House because Cantor allowed to put this amendment on the bill and it fell, for the first time in history, the Farm Bill failed on the ground. In 2018, the bill failed again due to the same problem.

As for the timing of the next Farm Bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott of Georgia said the process is underway and on schedule.

We had full committee and subcommittee hearings to review the 2018 Farm Bill so we could get stakeholders’ views on what works and what doesn’t as we work on the new Farm Bill. Bill. And I want to make it clear that our timeline for the next Farm Bill is well within the standard time frame.

Agri-Pulse hosted the 2022 Agriculture and Food Policy Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, March 21, 2022. Learn more about Summit and National Agriculture Day activities in Washington, DC, listening to the In-Depth Farming Podcast with Agri-Pulse President Sara Wyant.

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