By Sally Schuff
The Senate’s proposal for reforming farm programs “fails farmers and taxpayers, and it will not become law,” a top House lawmaker said today (May 17) following two days of testimony on farm programs and crop insurance in the next farm bill.
House Agriculture subcommittee chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) said the Senate bill would fail to protect farmers in the event of a multiple-year price decline “creating a crisis in farm country and calls for expensive ad hoc assistance in Washington.” He also criticized the Senate’s “shallow loss” program as unfair to some crops and some regions of the U.S. Conaway, a certified public accountant who chair the House ag subcommittee on general farm commodities and risk management, said the next farm bill differs from past years because those call for disaster assistance could not “ be answered because the government is broke.”
The House will begin work in a few weeks on a commodity title that “ will save money for the taxpayer while providing a more reliable policy” for farmers, he said.