Anticipated Farm Bill Would Benefit California Farmers; Not a Done Deal
President of Federal Government Affairs for Western Growers Association, TODAY told California Ag Today that he
anticipates the Farm Bill will pass this week.
“The House floor vote is occurring tomorrow,
Wednesday. Once finished, we anticipate it will move to the Senate by Thursday
or Friday, probably Friday, where I expect it to pass quickly. Then it moves to
the President, who can sign it anytime, even over the weekend, but he may sign
it next week in a ceremony.”
|Dennis Nuxoll, WGA|
‘So, I expect we’ll have a farm bill in
place next week,” said Nuxoll.
“That’s my expectation,” Nuxoll said,
tentatively, "but, there is a little bit of mystery and suspense; while all the
deals have been cut in this bill, the House will debate this, and there are
some members on the left who continue to be unhappy that the bill cuts too much
and on the right who
are unhappy because the bill doesn’t cut enough.”
believe there will be enough in the center to pass this bill, but we saw over
the summer some of the original bills did not pass,” Nuxoll warned. “All in
all, I expect we will win at the end of the day, but there is an element of
says this is a beneficially significant Farm Bill for producers in California:
- There is money
in the Conservation Title for producers to help meet air quality regulations.
- It’s a
big deal to have federal funding to create long-term focused research for
fruits and vegetables, such as federal resources to battle ACP/HLB.
- There’s money
for other research priorities.
- Federal money
is included for educational opportunities such as teaching growers the on the
latest food safety techniques, a big issue for consumers.
resources in the bill can be used to combat pests and disease, invaders that
attack our crops.
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