GREELEY, Colo. — In a news release issued last Thursday, House and Senate agriculture committee leaders announced they had reached an agreement in principle and were working to finalize the bill’s language and costs.
“We still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible,” said the statement by Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Reps. Mike Con-away, R-Texas, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn. The compromise bill must pass each chamber again and heads to the president’s desk before Congress adjourns next week.
Colorado Corn Growers Association President Dave Eckhardt commented, “It’s encouraging to see the bill move forward to avoid the need for an extension. We look forward to seeing the conference agreement in the coming days.”
With the passing of President George H.W. Bush, this week’s schedule for the House and Senate have changed. An agreement is still likely between President Trump and Congressional Leadership on two-week extension to fund the federal government beyond December 7th. This will allow more time to move a new farm bill through the House and Senate.
Colorado farmers, grain handlers, and industry partners will have a prime opportunity to gain up-to-date details about the new farm bill Wednesday during the education session following CCGA’s Annual Business Meeting. Panel speakers include NCGA President, Lynn Chrisp; Director of Industry Relations with the U.S. Grains Council, Lyndsey Erb; and President of Southwest Council of Agribusiness, Matt Huie. Panel speakers will cover a number of other topics including trade, ethanol, sustainability and others.
— Colorado Corn
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