It will be another busy week for the Farm Bill as debate continues over how to move forward. As you know, the Senate passed a version of the bill in June and the House Agriculture Committee passed a bipartisan bill earlier this month. With an historic drought affecting most of the country and about two-thirds of American farms in severely dry conditions, it now seems possible that the House will vote later this week on a bill that provides disaster assistance plus a one-year extension of 2008 farm policies.
My highest priority for farm policy is ensuring that our farmers and ranchers have the certainty they need to plan for the upcoming season. That is especially important in times of drought. As we move forward this week, I will continue getting input from agriculture producers in the 19th District and talking with my colleagues in Congress about how best to support our farmers and ranchers.