The Senate Agriculture Committee reported out its version of the farm bill on June 13th, with floor consideration expected by the end of the month. This blog covers the highlights of the four largest titles–commodities, nutrition, conservation, and crop insurance.
On June 13th, the Senate Agriculture Committee marked up its version of the Farm Bill, in a very civil, business-like two and a half hour session. Unlike the House version unveiled in late March which failed to gain passage on the House floor on May 18th, the Senate version was developed in a fully bipartisan process, led by the chair and ranking member of the Committee, Senators Pat Roberts(R, KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D, MI). Under Senate rules, this bill will need 60 votes on the Senate floor to move forward, so the bipartisan engagement in its development was essential.