At every farm bill listening session or town meeting, the importance of crop insurance was highlighted. That drumbeat must have worked since there was no amendment in the House or Senate to make cuts to crop insurance or demand some form of means testing. An amendment was offered to cut the sugar program, but it never made it to the Senate floor. South Dakota Senator John Thune’s amendment to allow partial haying and grazing on CRP ground was approved. The Booker-Lee amendment that would have changed the commodity checkoff programs was heard, but did not secure the necessary 60 votes for passage. RRFN’s Farm Bill Focus is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
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