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Miller says farm bill timeline still unknown, trade needs action

A member of the U.S. House Ag Committee says it seems like the farm bill could be delayed until after elections at the rate Congress is currently moving.

Republican Congressman Max Miller of Ohio tells Brownfield action has been limited.

“I’m very disappointed,” he says. “The farm bill was supposed to pass in March, the Speaker told us that we’re not going to meet that deadline and really what it comes down to, unfortunately, is that this is really politics at play.”

Miller is leading a group of bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House pressing the USDA Secretary to expand and support market access to improve the current ag trade deficit, which he says has nearly doubled in the last year.

“It was $16.7 billion in fiscal year of ’23, forecasted to $30 billion in fiscal year of ’24,” he says. “And this administration needs to do a better job at holding our ‘allies’ accountable for the trade agreements that they’ve negated and doing a better job in terms of getting our trading goods exported elsewhere.”

Representatives Angie Craig (MN-02), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), Mary Miller (IL-15), Don Bacon (NE-02), Brad Finstad (MN-01), Mark Alford (MO-04), Zachary Nunn (IA-03), Darin LaHood (IL-16), Tracey Mann (KS-01), and Jim Baird (IN-04) are among the lawmakers who have signed on to Miller’s letter.

Meanwhile, members of the Agriculture Trade Caucus in the House are also urging the Biden Administration to make ag a priority in its trade agenda by reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers for ag exports.

Midwestern Representatives included in that effort include Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Don Bacon (NE-02), Mary Miller (IL-15), Elissa Slotkin (MI-07), Mark Alford (MO-04), Dan Kildee (MI-08), Ashley Hinson (IA-02), John Moolenaar (MI-02), Darin LaHood (IL-16), Brad Finstad (MN-01), Michelle Fischbach (MN-07), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), Jim Baird (IN-04), and Zach Nunn (IA-03).

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