Lobbyist expecting farm bill release in late spring

An ag lobbyist says lawmakers in Washington D.C. will take a closer look at the new farm bill once the appropriations process has been completed at the end of March.

Randy Russell with the Russell Group tells Brownfield “I think the House will put out a farm bill for the committee to consider sometime following the Easter recess.”

Russell says he’s not expecting many hurdles as the U.S. House marks-up the new farm bill, but it might be a different story in the Senate.

“Chairwoman Stabenow says she doesn’t want to see any of the nutrition baseline funding reduced and she doesn’t want Inflation Reduction Act money going for climate-related ag activities to be reduced. Ranking Member Boozman has a different viewpoint.”

Russell says something must give if a new farm bill is going to pass in 2024.

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