We’re in the final days of the 2014 Farm Bill. Will lawmakers pass an updated Farm Bill by the end of the month?Representative Dan Newhouse said he remains confident the House and Senate can work together to find common ground that benefits everyone. The Central Washington Republican says he recently spoke with House Ag Chairman Michael Conaway, who told Newhouse there is a common theme during discussions.
“They want to get this done. And so he, felt good about that, he felt good about the prospects about getting it done before the expiration date which is coming right up. “
The biggest challenge that remains is Food Nutrition, which includes SNAP. Newhouse said while it’s important the federal government provides the Ag community security and consistency by passing legislation.
“We’re facing some pretty difficult times in farm country through the country. And this is one thing that we can kind of take care of, and get off of their plates, so they at least have certainty into the future as it relates to the Farm Bill.”
In addition to SNAP, Newhouse says lawmakers must address smaller topics, such as conservation efforts.
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