Farm bill alternatives: What is on the table?
In addition to AFBF, the National Farmers Union also praised the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees who will be leading the Conference committee, and sent them a letter. The NFU did not pick and choose among the House and Senate Farm Bill elements, but put a high priority on the retention of the 1938 and 1949 permanent farm laws, which have been removed by the House. Their loss would allow Congress to ignore any request for farm policy or farm spending. The presence of the older laws which bring parity prices into effect essentially force the Congress to rewrite farm policy every 5 years.
If you have any preferences for farm policy, speak up now (with a letter to your member of Congress) or keep quiet for the next 5 years.