Wednesday, January 10, 2007

House Ag leader wants farm bill by September

The Southeast Farm Press is reporting that the new US House Ag committee chair, Colin Peterson is pushing to have a farm bill completed by September.

Peterson outlined that ambitious schedule, which he said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin also plans to follow, at a speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
He said he expects the new farm legislation to look “a lot like we have now” with some changes such as a permanent disaster assistance provision. The Minnesota Democrat said he also believes Congress will pass disaster legislation that will cover crop losses in 2005 and 2006.
“We are still intending to get a disaster bill passed for the 2005 and 2006 crop years,” Peterson said. “And, hopefully, we’ll get something done in the farm bill so we’re not in this shape again.”

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