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Conaway: 'Hard Decisions' Ahead For Farm Bill

Posted By Doane Advisory Services | May 19, 2017 1:47 AM CDT

Source by Ben Potter


Mike Conaway (left) chats with a farmer at a recent Texas agriculture meeting.
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Will there be a battle for dollars among commodities as the next farm bill is crafted? Congressman and chair of the House Agricultural Committee Mike Conaway, R-Texas, discussed this and other issues with farm broadcaster Mike Adams on the May 18 edition of AgriTalk.

“If we work together knowing that all of us are in this together, the production agriculture will do what we’ve always done best, and that is work for the good of the American people,” he said.

However, Conaway expressed frustration at the lack of provisions for the cotton and dairy industries on the recent omnibus bill that funds the federal government through September 30.

“They weren’t left out – they were pushed out,” he told Adams. “It doesn't bode well if we’ve got two senators that were willing to toss cotton totally under the bus to try to maintain their negotiating positions for the farm bill … I’m angry and disappointed, but we’re going to continue to fight this fight.”

Learn more about Conaway’s perspective on what’s happened and what’s yet to come in the full audio interview here.

For now, Conaway said the big unknown remains how much funding the farm bill will receive.

“We’re kind of waiting to get the money, and then the harder decisions will get made,” he said.

AgriTalk airs each weekday from 10:06 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST. To listen, check the list of local affiliates or download the My Farm Radio app, free for both Apple and Android devices.