Aug 02, 2018
This week, the Senate voted to move the farm bill to conference and named its conferees—AKA the committee members who will negotiate the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.
Who was appointed?
What happens now?
The Conference Committee is composed of members of the U.S. House and Senate. Forty seven House conferees were announced in July. The next step is a public meeting of the Conference Committee, which is still TBD.
According to Politico, consensus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a major obstacle the conferees will hash out, along with differences on conservation and subsidies.
ASA’s Take: With soy growers facing tough economic times and uncertainty in trade, key programs in the farm bill, including crop insurance, farm support programs and export promotion funding for market development programs are even more critical. ASA urges Congressional leaders to pass a unified farm bill before the current bill expires at the end of September.