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Rep. Bost: House farm bill checks the boxes

A member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee is optimistic heading into next week’s scheduled farm bill mark up.

“I wish it had been done several months ago, but hey, we’re going where we need to go,” he says.

Southern Illinois Republican Mike Bost says the House’s bill addresses the needs of farmers.

“The key issues across the board.”  He says, “We’re protecting crop insurance and securing the farm safety net, you know, increasing funding for trade programs, ensuring farmers have access to credit and I’m happy to say that most all of these are in, no, all of them, are in there.”

He says it also includes a legislative fix to the issues created by California’s Proposition 12.

“It will fix and clarify that states cannot impose a condition or a standard on the production of covered livestock unless that livestock is physically located with their own state,” he says.

Bost, who shared the proposal with his Agriculture Advisory Board Thursday, says his SOLAR Act that aims to protect prime farmland from solar development is also included in the bill. 

The House Ag Committee is scheduled to mark up the farm bill on Thursday, May 23rd.  The current farm bill extension expires at the end of September.

AUDIO: Rep. Mike Bost – IL 12th District

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