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Thompson says it’s time to review conservation impact of 2018 Farm Bill

House Ag Ranking Member Glenn GT Thompson says it’s time for the committee to review the impact of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The bill provided the conservation title about 60 billion in budget authority for dedicated funding over 10 years.

“I would say we’re two years behind of really providing the appropriate oversight of USDA to see how those programs are going,” he says. “It’s time to get USDA and those different agencies representing those different titles, including conservation, before the agriculture committee so we can see what’s working and what’s not working.”

Speaking during the AgriPulse Food and Ag Policy Summit, Thompson said reviewing it will help lawmakers craft the next farm bill.

“That’s how we’ll determine how we make decisions on how we improve the conservation programs and what type of additional future investments we should be making as we prepare for the 2023 Farm Bill,” he says.  

The top Republican on the House Ag Committee says bipartisan solutions should reduce regulations and revolve around a commitment to proven programs and investing in research and access to technology.

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