The US House of Representatives is gearing up to work on the long-awaited farm bill


Here’s how US Representative Cory Gardner sees things (via email):

This week, I announced that the House will finally consider a long-term farm bill this summer. Our nation’s farmers and ranchers rely on the farm bill to set agricultural policy. It is very difficult to plan for the future and make business decisions without having a long-term bill in place. The House needs to take up this legislation without further delay, and give this community the certainty it needs to operate.

Last year, the House Agricultural Committee passed a farm bill, but the legislative session ended before it was ever voted on in the House. The bill would have saved $35 billion in mandatory spending, reformed the Commodity Title by eliminating Direct Payments, Countercyclical Payments, ACRE, and SURE and saved taxpayers $14 billion.

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