Carlisle Clarke, legislative assistant to Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who serves as vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Agriculture Committee, says – anytime there is comprehensive legislation like the farm bill that costs upward of one-trillion dollars every 10 years, we’re going to hear a lot of reservations from the deficit hawks, and from outright opponents who don’t believe this nation should be investing in farm programs at all.
Clarks notes – it frankly baffles me that there is a disconnect on Capitol Hill between farmers who actually produce food and the persons who consume the food. For whatever reason, people don’t seem to make the connection that investing in farm programs is an investment in food security and global food supply. Clarks says – our job is to sell that message as we enter into the farm bill discussions.
The current farm program expires at the end of September and if no new farm bill is passed or the current bill isn’t extended, we would revert to the common statutes of 1949 — and, Clark says, – I don’t think anyone would realistically consider that an option.
NAFB News Service