Splitting farm bill to find true friends of agriculture

The 2018 farm bill could be the most challenging in nearly 70 years of farm legislation.

Rep. Mike Rogers says too many conservative members of Congress voted against the farm bill in 2014 and blamed their vote on food stamps. Those votes almost keep the legislation from passing the House.

To try to avoid another such problem, The 15-year Alabama congressman says he wants to split the 2018 farm bill into food stamp and farm program components when House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, brings the bill to the floor.

“That way we’ll find out who’s truly for farm programs and who’s against them, although neither will pass in that form,” he said. “Then we’ll bring them back together and pass them,” noted Rogers, who will be helping write his third farm bill when Congress begins that task in earnest, probably in 2018.

Congressmen Rogers and Austin Scott, a Republican from Georgia, both addressed members of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation at their annual conference in Sandestin, Fla., on Saturday (July 22).

For more on Rep. Rogers comments and those by Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., click on http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/farm-bill/planted-acres-vs-base-acres-will-lead-farm-bill-debate.

To watch other video from the conference, click on http://www.deltafarmpress.com/farm-bill/united-front-will-be-critical-passage-2018-farm-bill.

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