Guebert hopes SNAP debate doesn't slow down farm bill

Crop insurance, conservation components important to Illinois farmers, says IFB president.

By DeLoss Jahnke

While most farmers are anxious just to get a crop in the ground, Ellis Grove farmer Richard Guebert Jr. is keeping one eye on several state, national and international issues that could affect agriculture in the Midwest.

The Illinois Farm Bureau president and other leaders remain engaged on tariffs, trade, the Renewable Fuel Standard and more.

Another issue IFB is watching is the farm bill as it began making its way through the U.S. House this week. The House Agriculture Committee passed its farm bill proposal Wednesday.

While Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reform will be fiercely debated, Guebert said there are several components he hopes will not be touched.

Richard Guebert Jr., Illinois Farm Bureau president

“Crop insurance is number one,” he told the RFD Radio Network®. “Conservation is really important.

“We have a couple of amendments,” he continued. “The one-and-done signup. The three-in-one marketing loan program is important to us.”

Guebert noted that SNAP seems destined for a collision course.

“(House Speaker Paul) Ryan has said that he wants to see SNAP reform,” Guebert said. “But the Senate has been very clear – (Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat) Roberts and (ranking minority member Debbie) Stabenow have said there will be no SNAP reform in the Senate version.”

Guebert said he hopes both chambers can pass bills before long, so that a conference committee can conclude work before mid-term elections slow D.C. activity.

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