AGRIBUSINESS: Northey: Farm Bill Split is ‘Bad Sign’

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to split the farm bill into its separate farm policy and nutrition assistance components. The move drew near-immediate fire from Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow, who denounced the measure as “not a real farm bill” and “an insult to rural America.”
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey doesn’t go quite as far. He sees the progress as another step closer to a final bill on the president’s desk.
“A split farm bill can mean that we go to conference and get a bill out of there, Northey says. “It can mean that there’s enough motivation that folks would go ahead and pass a bill, so it may be good.”

However Northey adds that he’s ”┬áconcerned about what it may mean. I don’t think this is a great strategy. I’m certainly not the one counting the votes, and evidently leadership in the House decided this was the only way they were going to get to a conference committee. So, maybe this is the only way chance at pulling the farm bill together. That’s a bad sign.

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