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House Ag Committee members react to farm bill outline

The Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee has released his outline of farm bill policies and priorities, and a Republican member says he expects ag producers to be pleased.

Kansas Congressman Tracey Mann tells Brownfield, “There is going to be an increase for reference prices.”

“I think we’ve heard loud and clear from the committee that it is something that needs to be updated,” he says.

During a briefing with farm broadcasters this morning, Mann said committee members will see the base text of the legislation in the coming days and markup is planned for May 23rd.

 “Republicans control the House by one vote, Democrats control the Senate by one vote, and you have Biden in the White House,” he says. “By nature, this will be a bipartisan farm bill. I’m very optimistic.”

Mann says his top priorities in the legislation have been crop insurance, trade, and ag research. 

Ranking Member of the committee David Scott says Republican members have rejected a bipartisan compromise by proposing an unreasonable funding scheme that cuts nutrition benefits.

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