CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

Senate Committee Questions Ag Secretary

Farm revenue is declining and in a Senate Ag Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republicans told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack new regulations could cripple producers.
Issues Senators were worried about included GMO labeling, the EPA Atrazine risk assessment, livestock marketing rules, and the Waters of the U.S. rule.
Vilsack says trade missions and investments in biofuels are helping, but he needs the Senate to approve new spending for the fiscal year, which starts October first to look at more help for producers.
He says a lot of programs have spent what they've gotten this year, "I have spent every dime of credit that Congress has given permission for me to loan out. I have spent every dime of CCE money that I have that Congress has provided. I have provided as much under the Dairy Margin Protection program as Congress has authorized us to do."
This was likely Secretary Vilsack's last hearing before the Senate Ag Committee. Before he left, he gave advice as lawmakers look at a new Farm Bill asking them to look at what agriculture needs.