Payment limits included in both versions of the farm bills that passed the U.S. House and Senate have been removed from the conference committee’s final agreement that passed Monday. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has pushed hard for payment limit provisions and now has no way to put them back in. Grassley told reporters this morning, “These have all be watered down to the point that they will likely have little or no effect.”
Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs agrees with Grassley that the removal is a great disappointment. She tells Brownfield Ag News, “That provision was written into both bills. It’s completely undemocratic to remove that provision from the process and backroom deal making and it’s going to continue to favor Large wealthy mega-farmers over small and mid-sized family farmers.”
Grassley says the farm bill is written for southern agriculture and will probably have lots of problems with the World Trade Organization (WTO).