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Senate Leadership has decided to “fast track” the Farm Bill

The Senate leadership has decided to “fast track” the Farm Bill. They will vote on Monday (02-03) to invoke “cloture” on the Farm Bill. Cloture is an odd term that I’ve only heard regarding the process of the US Senate. It basically means that we (members of the US Senate) have decided to no longer “windbag” the merits or problems of this legislation and we are hereby taking a “blood oath” to actually vote on it.

HOUSE PASSES FARM BILL CONFERENCE REPORT

HOUSE PASSES FARM BILL CONFERENCE REPORT

by Mike Connealy on 01.29.2014

US House of Representatives this morning (01-29) passed the Farm Bill conference report on a bi-partisan vote of 251-166.

A “Hurry Up and Wait” Situation…

A “Hurry Up and Wait” Situation…

by Mike Connealy on 12.18.2013

On Friday the 13th of December, the US House of Representatives threw in the towel and essentially called it “good enough” for 2013.  So, we again have a “hurry up and wait” situation for ending this Farm Bill ordeal.

 
The 2013 Farm Bill reaches “The Eleventh Hour” arrives on 11-11

We have all heard the phrase known as “the eleventh hour”… It is derived from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 20 Verse 6. This parable is about a landowner that is hiring laborers to work in his vineyard. He hires some workers at daybreak, some at 9:00 AM or so and finally at “the eleventh hour” he finds some more available laborers hanging around the town square. He asks, “why have you been here standing idle all day?”

2013 Farm Bill Conferees Named

2013 Farm Bill Conferees Named

by Mike Connealy on 10.13.2013

Amidst a partial US government shutdown and a robust round of finger pointing on raising the debt ceiling to avoid “default”, the US House of Representatives managed to “agree to go to conference” with the US Senate on the 2013 Farm Bill.

US House Moves Controversial Nutrition Title

US House Moves Controversial Nutrition Title

by Mike Connealy on 09.20.2013

By a 217-210 vote on Thursday afternoon, September 19, the US House of
Representatives voted to cut SNAP spending by $3.9 billion per year.
There were zero Democrats who voted for passage and 15 Republicans
opposed their leadership to vote no. The debate on the House floor was
quite partisan and included the usual shots at other farm programs such
as crop insurance by our opponents.

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

by Mike Connealy on 08.02.2013

Thursday brought us news from Washington DC regarding the process of getting a Farm Bill to a conference committee and perhaps ultimately to President Obama for a signature.  But let’s not confuse “process” with “progress”.

Nowhere Land

Nowhere Land

by Mike Connealy on 07.14.2013

Despite appeals from over 500 interested and informed parties, the Republican led US House of Representatives passed by a 216-208 vote a reduced version of their 2013 Farm Bill.  In the USA, we usually pride ourselves in civil discourse on even tense issues.  The Republican leadership’s decision to strip out the Nutrition Title of the Farm Bill found the “tipping point” where usual civil dialogue ends and outrage begins.

Q&A Update for the 4th of July

Q&A Update for the 4th of July

by Mike Connealy on 07.03.2013

Join us for insights from the president of ProAg, Mike Connealy, as he runs through a quick Q&A update from recent conversations.  Read his opinions on topics such as the next steps for the House farm bill, why he refers to the Kind Amendment as a ‘poison pill’, and what the outlook for crop year 2013 is.

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