Trade, crop insurance among priorities for Bacon in next farm bill

House Ag Committee Member Don Bacon says expanding global trade markets for ag producers is one of his priorities in the next farm bill. “Trade is always at the top of our agenda.  America can out produce anybody,” Bacon says. “It’s our competitive advantage when it comes to corn, soybeans, beef and pork and all those mass production crops and protein products.”

The Republican from Nebraska tells Brownfield he’s spoken with farmers who want lawmakers to also focus on crop insurance. “We know that the crop insurance is vitally important.  We always want to make sure that it’s current and it’s up-to-date with current needs.”

And he says lawmakers need to compromise on SNAP benefits while expanding healthy food options. “I think that there is a need to try to figure out how to expand or incentivize healthy food use.  I think it’s important there – the more salads and vegetables and things like that.”

Bacon is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.

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