Farm bill funding a concern

Farm bill funding a concern

Funding is a concern for lawmakers as the next farm bill is being written.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow said there is not enough money to raise reference prices 10% in this next farm bill.

“I wish we could do it. I’m also hearing though from a lot of our commodity groups that even raising it 10% does not help them, so I think we need to be more targeted and look at who needs assistance and how we do this in a way that makes sense.”

Stabenow told Brownfield strengthening crop insurance or helping get farmers more trade opportunities could be more effective unless emergency spending is available.