Former USDA Deputy Secretary Describes Farm Bill Development Steps

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

More than 80 agriculture, environmental and hunger relief organizations signed onto a letter that was sent to Capitol Hill Friday asking House and Senate Ag Committee leaders to write a new farm bill this year. The groups said an extension of current law would create tremendous uncertainty for farmers and fail to provide essential resources to prevent hunger and create jobs through rural economic development and investments in agricultural research.

Bush-era USDA Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner agrees the farm bill should be reauthorized this year, but says it won't happen if farm and commodity groups don't iron out their safety net differences.

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