While the food stamp nutrition title of the farm bill has gotten the most attention of late, there are important differences in the commodity title of a new farm bill as the House and Senate versions prepare to go to conference.
Pat Westhoff, with the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), says he won’t try to predict what’s going to happen.
“I’ve learned not to predict with the most confidence what Congress is going to do. So I won’t even try to do that. But I will say, obviously, there are some important choices that have to be made on farm policy. Are we going to try to put in place policies that are going to pay farmers based on revenues or prices, based on planted acres or on base acres and a variety of other very practical choices that have to be made.”
On Thursday, the US House passed a separate nutrition bill, having split it from the farm policy bill it passed earlier. Both will go to conference with the Senate Farm Bill proposal.
~ZimmComm contributed to this report~
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