conditions are one of the causes of uncertainty for members of the Ag industry
who will now have to wait a little longer to see if a new farm bill will be in
place by the end of the year.
Representative Kristi Noem (R) says no vote is scheduled for the floor this week. It now looks like the issue will be taken up after
the election cycle.
She says she
will continue to push for signatures from members of the house from both
parties to sign a "discharge petition." Such a petition will bypass
leadership and force a vote on the floor.
the number one priority for this farm bill is crop insurance, which will
provide a safety net for producers and help them manage risk when putting crops
in the ground.
talking about the fact that this isn't just farm policy and farm programs, this
is our food supply, and the fact that we have a viable Ag industry in this
country makes certain that every single family in this country has affordable
food on their plate," said Noem.
challenger Matt Varilek says Noem has not done enough to push for the farm bill
in congress; citing that none of 92 freshmen members have signed the petition.
Noem responded by saying she is focusing on the bill, and will not make this a political issue.