The U.S. House Agriculture Committee heard complaints from agribusiness leaders this week on federal regulations, the need for more markets, and the need to continue to reinforce crop insurance as part of the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress. The National Farmers’ Union, National Chicken Council and other ag group leaders pushed members to consider increases to commodity safety net reference prices and more federal spending on market development and agricultural research.
Witnesses also asked for clarity and more consistency on environmental rules impacting ag businesses, such as WOTUS and the Packers and Stockyards Act.
While the 2023 Farm Bill waits in the queue, new House Ag leader Representative G.T. Thompson is encouraging all committee members to deliver a farm bill that helps the American producer.
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