Senate Agriculture Committee Chief Economist John Newton is confident Congress will be able to find a good balance for policy in the new farm bill. “With $1.5 trillion, we can prioritize those resources appropriately to meet the needs of agriculture and Rural America,” said Newton. “We can do it in a way that doesn’t reduce benefits to SNAP recipients.” Newton says updating reference prices within the farm bill is important to avoid ad hoc disaster spending. Hear the full interview with Dr. John Newton here.
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