The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


House approves dairy amendment; six amendments remain

The House has approved the dairy program amendment sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte, R-Va., and others with a 291-135 vote, with one member voting present.

The Goodlatte amendment removes supply management from the underlying bill’s dairy title and replaces it with a margin protection program.

The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision.

There are six more amendments up for votes, and all are subject to two-minute voting.

Following those votes, 10 minutes of debate has been scheduled on a motion to recommit the House farm bill, followed by a five-minute vote.

A five-minute vote on passage of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, will follow.

Final amendments, subject to two-minute votes
Sheep industry — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. — Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

Natural stone — Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. — Strikes the addition of “natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order

Sugar program — Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., and others — Removes the changes made to the sugar program in the 2008 farm nill by lifting trade restrictions, lowering sugar price support levels, and giving the USDA more flexibility on domestic supply and import quotes

Payment limits — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. — Reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has urged his colleagues to vote against the Fortenberry amendment.

Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said today that Fortenberry's amendment mirrors language he put in the Senate farm bill and said, “The House could do a lot of good by passing Representative Fortenberry’s amendment."

SNAP work requirements — Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and others — Creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion

SNAP requirements — Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and others. — Applies federal welfare work requirements to SNAP, at state option.