Senate Ag Committee member Chuck Grassley of Iowa says it’s time for some of the leadership in the House Agriculture to get serious about Farm Bill negotiations. The Republican senator told reporters this morning that there’s no need to negotiate the definition of an ‘actively engaged’ farmer because it is defined clearly in both bills. Grassley says what’s needed is the removal of loopholes that allow non-farmers to gain the system.
“I don’t understand how anyone can promote closing loopholes for food stamps if they don’t also support closing loopholes for farmers – the loopholes that farmers are using.” Grassley says he supports cracking down on the abuse of food stamps, “But, it’s inconsistent not to counter-act abuse of the Farm Program by non-farmers.”
The longer the loopholes are allowed, Grassley says, the easier it will be for opponents of the Farm Bill to argue for never having a Farm Bill again.
Grassley says he’s also surprised the issue of planted acres versus base acres for the Commodity Title is still being debated.