Congress Takes a Recess Before Returning to Farm Bill


WASHINGTON D.C. (KNWA) — The House of Representatives and Senate have headed into a recess, but on the to-do list for when legislators return is the farm bill.

Expiring at the end of September, the bill sets farm policy and provides a financial safety net for the nation’s beleaguered farmers. 

This comes after President Trump revealed a $12 billion temporary aid package to farmers across the nation to offset the estimated $11 billion in financial losses the farmers will face.

Lawmakers will try to hash out a compromise farm bill after recess.

Senator John Boozman will spend the next four days meeting with farmers, ranchers and educators during his annual agriculture tour.

Beginning tomorrow, Senator Boozman will be on site at the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Science at the University of Arkansas.

The goal is to learn about the current research being done at the university.

“As congress finalizes the 2018 farm bill, it’s important for me to hear the ideas of our farmers, ranchers and producers about the impact the legislation has on their operations,” Boozman said. “Talking directly with these stakeholders and experts is vital to ensuring we eliminate provisions harmful to the industry.”

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