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Agriculture Leadership Likely to Meet Wednesday on Farm Bill

July 24, 2018 Teaganne Finn
  • Senate could vote to go to conference Tuesday or Wednesday
  • House, Senate committee leaders set to confer

House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership will probably meet on Wednesday ahead of a conference on the farm bill, the Senate panel’s chairman said.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrution, and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will meet with House Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) on Wednesday to start discussions on farm bill provisions, Roberts told reporters Monday night.

“The four principals will be meeting probably Wednesday so we can sit down and go over some things,” Roberts said.

The House appointed 47 conferees to the farm bill (H.R. 2) conference committee July 18 and the Senate is expected to name its conferees this week.

Roberts said he expects the Senate will vote to go to conference Tuesday or Wednesday, but said scheduling is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell .

“it’s obviously important to get that done,” Roberts said.

The farm bill would reauthorize commodity, trade, agricultural research, rural development, and food and nutrition programs. Under current law (Pub. Law No. 113-79), authorizations will expire Sept. 30 or the end of the applicable crop year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Teaganne Finn in Washington, D.C. at tfinn@bgov.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Hendrie at phendrie@bgov.com; Bennett Roth at broth@bgov.com

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