The current farm bill expires on September 30, 2023. That’s more than one year away, but the House Agriculture Committee is reviewing the 2018 Farm Bill. Last week, the committee took a closer look at the commodities title. “The 2018 Farm Bill was a pretty successful farm bill overall by all metrics, though we can’t seem to get the USDA to come before the committee to share their perspective yet, but we’re pushing them hard,” said Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, ranking member, House Agriculture Committee. “We had more than 130 different field hearings last time and now, we’ve had two official ones.” Thompson says while the committee is behind in oversight, there is optimism both sides can work together. “My travels show me Congress must support the farm safety net, coupled with reliable, timely disaster relief. It’s no good to get disaster relief that comes years after you suffer significant financial costs. Are there lessons we could learn with the WHIP+ program?” Those lessons may be incorporated into crop insurance.
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