With a new farm bill, lawmakers and the USDA are focused on implementation. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky told attendees at the Farm Foundation Forum the USDA has charged each of the mission areas to hold a listening session. “We do want to hear from the various stakeholders. We’re going to be putting together a calendar of those listening sessions,” said Censky. “We’ll be sharing that widely so folks know when those are in can be attending.” Censky is in charge of implementing the farm bill at USDA and says it will be important to move quickly. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson both say they will work with the USDA to implement the new farm bill.
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