Ask Eddie - Farm Bill conference challenges

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Updated: 10/29/2013 4:50 pm
The first meeting of the farm bill conference committee is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30. 

Our Eddie Griffis goes over the key issues on their agenda.

"Talking about the farm bill and looking at some of the issues and talking points that they're looking at for the farm bill," Eddie Griffis said. "Of course food stamps are a major part of that, coming to a negotiation there is a big difference between the $4 billion and $40 billion that we were looking at. Nutrition will have to be part of the farm bill even though it was separated early on, the over all cost of the farm bill is another concern. The cuts to the farm bill, definitely some of the major cuts to anything they have had looked at direct payments. Direct payments will be phased out. They are something that farmers have utilized over the years as a safety net. Also for consumers to make their food and fiber. Cheaper crop insurance, the major debate along with nutrition. It makes it affordable for producers to be able to insure their crops and again another safety net. Price protection on these commodities also being looked at in the farm bill as this thing is in conference. And then the dairy support. Something that we definitely don't want to see coming up if we don not see an extension or a farm bill put in place, then the dairy act would be put in place. So all of these things are being looked at as far as the farm bill is concerned." 

For more information for the producer and consumer, be sure to catch Eddie weekdays on West Texas Ag Life starting at 1 p.m. on AM 950, 100.7 FM. 

Also if you have any questions or comments for Eddie, email those to agday@fox34.com. 
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