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U.S. agricultural groups spell out their priorities in the next farm bill

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Update time : 2022-08-03 15:27:00

Major U.S. agricultural production groups are pulling together their requests for the next farm bill — the massive legislation that Congress rewrites every five years to set farm and food policy — with crop insurance and disaster assistance on the top of their lists.Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery 

A panel of executives from farm groups detailed some of their concerns and requests for the next farm bill Tuesday at the Minnesota FarmFest, an agribusiness fair organized by the American Farm Bureau. Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

The panel brought together major agriculture groups representing pork, cattle, corn, soybean and other growers. The groups all have a vested interest in supporting agriculture but some different priorities for where Congress should invest in farm policy.

Every five years, Congress sets programs and mandatory funding levels for crop subsidies, crop insurance, farmland conservation programs and energy programs in the farm bill. The farm bill also includes nationwide food and nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, and assistance programs for low-income parents and children.

The current farm bill expires in September 2023. But given the size and implications of the programs, it is already farm bill season for the groups with a stake in the bill. Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

The American Farm Bureau Federation, one of the large groups that represents a variety of farm producers, has a farm bill task force with representatives in each state.Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

They will coalesce by the end of the year around a set of official recommendations. Other large agriculture groups have a similar process.

But even as the groups work on their specific recommendations, they shared some early priorities – including funding, crop insurance and a forward-looking view for the next farm bill.

Money, money, money Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

The farm bill includes both mandatory and discretionary spending. Congress can change discretionary spending in the annual spending bills.

But most farm bill programs are mandatory spending, including crop subsidies, farm bill conservation programs and some forms of crop insurance. For those programs, the farm bill will set the funding structure for the next five years.

Given that structure, spending levels are always a huge debate in the farm bill.

“Some of the priorities that we have certainly would be to hold the funding together from the last farm bills,” Scott VanderWal, vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, told producers at FarmFest. Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

VanderWal said he knows some groups will ask for more money, but it will likely be a challenge to get any. The proposed Senate budget reconciliation bill in its section on climate change also includes major funding boosts for farm bill conservation programs.

But that is not stopping the American Soybean Association, w hich wants to push for more money for both nutrition programs like SNAP and the crop subsidies that fall under “Title One” of the farm bill. Agricultural machine,gearbox,agricultural gearbox,agricultural reducer,Lithium battery

“We really want to increase the funding for the farm bill. We think right now is the right time to ask for more funding, which will increase funding for the nutritional side and also for the Title One side,” said George Goblish, a representative of the executive board of the American Soybean Association

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