Farm bill supporters hope for vote soon

An effort to enact federal legislation that provides a safety net for Illinois and other farmers, along with food and nutrition programs for the needy, could take a big step this week. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a new five-year bill, with several amendments expected.

Dale Moore, vice president of public affairs for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the group and its state affiliates are working to secure passage.

“We’ve been in regular contact with the leadership, both from the committee standpoint and the full House,” Moore said Tuesday. “They keep encouraging us to keep that outreach going.”

Moore said AFBF is watching amendments to the proposed legislation closely, especially ones that could disrupt federal crop insurance.

American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President of Public Affairs Dale Moore talks about the prospects for a new federal farm bill Tuesday at the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mike Orso)
American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President of Public Affairs Dale Moore talks about the prospects for a new federal farm bill Tuesday at the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mike Orso)

“We’ve got to have the insurance companies producing those new products, improving those products and at the same time making sure that our farmers … have access to a full tool box, if you will, of crop insurance options,” said Moore.

Related: IFB targets farm bill amendments. Read more here.

The AFBF official expects the U.S. Senate to work on its version of a new farm bill this summer. He said a lot of attention has focused on the disagreement between House Republicans and Democrats over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provisions in the bill.

“There’s always a fight within the family,” said Moore. “Like most families, we get one fight out of the way and then we come back together and figure out how we’re going to get things done at the end of the day.”

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