WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 21 that the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would cut the Agriculture Department budget by $180 billion over 10 years and hurt programs important to North Dakota while other Democrats and farm leaders also criticized the Ryan proposal.
WASHINGTON — Senate Agriculture ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said March 13 that the best way for the farm bill to pass this year might be to attach it to another bill that could use the budget authority from the proposed $23 billion cut over 10 years in farm spending.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When we were kids and someone would ask an important question where the answer was difficult or uncertain, someone would inevitably say, “That’s the $64,000 question.” For farmers, this year’s $64,000 question is, “Will members of Congress be able to overcome their partisan division to pass a farm bill this year or will they leave the task to the next Congress?”
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer
March 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is pleased with the farm bill conservation title that the agriculture committees sent to the supercommittee in charge of deficit reduction and is unlikely to take a position on whether conservation compliance should be tied to crop insurance, a key U.S. Department of Agriculture official said Feb. 28.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said that it will soon be time for congressional leaders to take charge of writing the farm bill as representatives of general farm and commodity groups signaled at a crop insurance convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., that they are still promoting their individual proposals and are not close to compromise on a comprehensive approach.
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