Thompson outlines importance of next farm bill – Voice Of Muscatine

Thompson outlines importance of next farm bill

House Ag Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson says farmers and ranchers have faced a number of challenges and need some relief.

“These men and women have struggled with fractured supply chains, considerable input costs, relentless inflation, natural disasters, volatile markets and labor shortages, each consistently worsened by ill conceived, half-baked executive action.”

During a hearing on Wednesday, he said the farm bill needs to address these issues. “Congress can and must craft a bipartisan farm bill that aligns the farm safety net with the needs of the producers, expands market access and trade promotion opportunities, strengthens program operations to demand transparency and accountability to the taxpayers.”

Thompson says lawmakers need to find ways to fund the safety net without making cuts to programs like conservation.

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