A hearing by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday focuses on setting the stage for the next Farm Bill. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says farmers and ranchers are enduring challenging times. The Texas Republican referred to a recent Department of Agriculture report that shows net farm income fell 45 percent from 2013 to 2016, the largest three-year percentage drop since the Great Depression. The hearing, Rural Economic Outlook: Setting the Stage for the Next Farm Bill, features a panel of economists discussing the challenges farmers and ranchers are facing and providing context for the needs of rural America in the next Farm Bill.
The House Agriculture Committee will also hold a hearing Thursday to consider the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act and the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act. The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a Farm Bill field hearing next week in Manhattan, Kansas.
Source: NAFB News Service