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Lucas, Peterson, Duncan urge rejection of Kind crop insurance amendment

As a series of votes continue on the House floor, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and, separately, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., have sent letters to their colleagues urging a no vote on an amendment on crop insurance to be considered later this morning.

Latest House votes on amendments

Here are the most recent votes on House farm bill amendments, with amendments coming up for votes below.

REJECTED 79-346 — SNAP / Data on purchased items — Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. — Directs the comptroller general to establish a pilot program to collect data on items purchased with SNAP in nine states. The comptroller general then would determine whether item-specific data purchased with SNAP benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements, and how to improve SNAP reporting.

REJECTED 194-232 — Healthy food — Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz. — Strikes the Healthy Food Financing Initiative.

REJECTED 211-215 — Fisherman disaster loans — Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., and others — Allows commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program.

APPROVED 225-200 — Hemp — Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. — Allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The provision only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law.

REJECTED 206-219 — Conservation — Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. — Allows qualified third-party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue.

REJECTED 194-230 — Biodiesel education — Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. — Repeals the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels instead of fossil fuels.

REJECTED 156-269 — Farmers market promotion — Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. — Ends the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program that funds food preparation lessons, promotion of locally-grown crops and advertising of farmers markets.

APPROVED 343-81 — Olive oil — Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., and others — Strikes the olive oil import marketing order, which would subject olive oil imports to restrictions such as taste testing.

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.

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

Crop insurance — Rep. Ron Kind , D-Wisc., and others — Limits premium subsidies to producers with an AGI under $250,000, limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000, and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating expenses at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12 percent. Introduces transparency into the crop insurance program.

Section 11012 — Rep. John Carney, D-Del. — Strikes Section 11012.