Farm bill extension likely, Sen. Marshall says

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall says a new farm bill isn’t likely to get passed this year.

“I think we’re looking at another extension and I’m sorry to say that,” he said. “I’m not going to do a bad bill. This is a five-year bill. We have to get it right.”

The Kansas Republican tells Brownfield the Senate GOP framework released by Ranking Member John Boozman of Arkansasaddresses critical priorities for farmers and ranchers. “We put the farm back in the farm bill. We have prioritized crop insurance and reference prices, maybe a 15% increase in reference prices. That’s got to be a good thing for American farmers and ranchers.”

Marshall says one of the main sticking points between Senate Republicans and Democrats is conservation. He says Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow’s proposal needs more flexibility. “She is requiring farmers to do cover crops to be able to access some of the conservation programs,” he said. “That’s not going to work in western Kansas and a lot of the more dry states.”

The current farm bill extension expires at the end of September.

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