Teaganne Finn

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Teaganne Finn is an agriculture policy reporter at Bloomberg Government. She covers congressional and regulatory news, including funding for the Department of Agriculture. Finn holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from American University.

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Trick or Treat: Candy Makers Say Sugar Costs Too Much

The price for sugar beets is back up as of Oct. 30, just as trick-or-treaters prepare for the annual Halloween candy binge.

The increase is in line with the continuing U.S. sugar policy, which sets production limits that keep sugar prices higher.

“The combined effects of limits on domestic production and imports push U.S. prices up to artificially high levels,” the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, a group led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association and representing food companies that use sugar as an ingredient, said in a document provided to Bloomberg Government.

Young Farmers, Healthy Food Programs to Suffer in Farm Bill Delay

An agriculture program assisting farmers just starting out would lapse if a final farm bill compromise isn’t reached before the current law expires at the end of the month.

There will probably be no agreement on the authorization bill before the Sept. 30 deadline of current law, according to two agriculture lobbyists familiar with the matter.

Farm Bill Talks Lag Over SNAP as Final Vote Timing Still Elusive

A vote on a final farm bill conference report has been ruled out for next week by the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, as the days dwindle to pass a final report by Sept. 30, when the current law expires.

“That would be a pretty heavy lift,” Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Thursday, when asked if a vote on a conference report could happen next week. Partisan disagreements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may hold things up and force lawmakers to extend the current law.

Progress Made on Farm Bill, Including SNAP, Ag Chairman Says

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program language – long seen as the bill’s biggest stumbling block – after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met today.

GOP’s Jordan: No Backing Down on Food Stamp Work Program Demands

The House Freedom Caucus isn’t backing down from demands for more work requirements for food stamp recipients in the farm bill, one of the caucus’ leaders said days before the first conference meeting on the bill.

No Agreement on Conservation Yet as Farm Bill Expiration Nears

Land conservation programs are still a sticking point farm bill conferees will need to work out before the current authorization expires Sept. 30, Senate Agriculture Committee leaders said. “We’re not at a point to closing any of the titles yet,” ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told Bloomberg Government today.

Senate Sweetens Spending Bill for Maple Syrup, Honey Producers

Maple syrup, honey, and other sugars sold as single ingredients would not have to carry an “added sugar” label under a provision in the spending bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Trucking Changes Won’t Stall Farm Bill Conference

A bipartisan group of senators seeking more flexible working hour standards for agriculture truckers won’t block the Senate’s effort to start talks on the farm bill with the House, two Republican Senate aides told Bloomberg Government.

Senator Bugged by Taxpayer Funding for Edible Insects Research

A senator is aiming to take crickets off the menu, with an amendment to spending legislation that would block taxpayer funding for researching foods made from insects. “Its just another example of wasted taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told Bloomberg Government Wednesday. Flake said he’s planning to make a speech on the Senate floor this week about the issue.

Agriculture Leadership Likely to Meet Wednesday on Farm Bill

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.