• Farm Bill update
  • December 13, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • There are positive signs coming from lead negotiators on the farm bill conference committee that a deal could be reached early next year.

    The top four farm bill conferees — House Agriculture Chairman Frank D. Lucas (R-OK), House Agriculture ranking member Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Thad Cochran (R-MS) — met Wednesday for just over an hour and both sides said that differences were "narrowed."

    The principal disagreements between Republicans and Democrats with the farm bill are over the nutrition and commodity titles.
    The Republican House bill would cut an estimated $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — more commonly known as food stamps — while the Democratic Senate bill would cut just $4 billion over 10 years. In the commodity title, the major disagreement is whether to pay farmers based on base acreage or planted acreage.