Monday, January 15, 2007

Can Congress & the President agree on farm bill

With the change in party control of congress, many are now watching to see how the 2007 farm bill legislation will take shape. For more than a year USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has conducted a farm bill listening tour. I thought this was an excellent ideas as it provided the opportunity for farmers, ranchers and others to provide input first hand. Now that these sessions have concluded, the serious work begins on the farmbill.

It appears that there is a wide gap between lawmakers and the administration on how to proceed as evident in this AP wire story

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers begin work on a new multibillion-dollar farm bill at odds with President Bush over whether big changes really are needed.
The two sides are far apart. Just how far, farmers saw for themselves during the American Farm Bureau Federation's recent meeting in Salt Lake
City.
"I think the bill could look a lot like what we have now. What I think
we're going to end up doing, you could say, is extending the farm bill," Rep.
Collin Peterson, D-Minn., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, told
farmers.


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