The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


House starts dairy amendment debate, rejects crop insurance measure

The House has finished voting on this morning’s group of amendments, and has begun debate on the dairy program amendment by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

The amendment would remove the dairy producer margin protection and dairy market stabilization programs and replaces them with a new margin Insurance program.

Following vote on the dairy amendment, the House is expected to debate amendments to reduce farm program payment limits and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.)

Earlier, members narrowly rejected the crop insurance amendment sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., and others with a 208-217 vote.

The amendment would have limited premium subsidies to producers with an AGI under $250,000, limit per person premium subsidies to $50,000, and cap crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating expenses at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12 percent. It also intended to introduces transparency into the crop insurance program.

Latest House votes on amendments

Here are other recent votes on House farm bill amendments.

REJECTED 197-227 — Christmas tree tax — Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. — Continues the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax.

REJECTED 208-218 — Shellfish assistance — Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. — Adds farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance.

REJECTED 174-252 — Section 11012 — Rep. John Carney, D-Del. — Allows savings from renegotiated crop insurance program to go to other programs.

REJECTED BY VOICE VOTE — SNAP / Thrifty Food Plan — Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas — Requires a 10 percent reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that SNAP is not authorized. (Conaway withdrew his request for recorded vote, to let the amendment's previous rejection by voice vote stand.)