Deal with the South Key to Farm Bill

The farm bill approved by the Senate Ag Committee is headed for the Senate floor next month. In preparation – Politico is reporting that Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow is reaching out to southern lawmakers in an effort to bridge the gap that split her committee last month and put her at odds with allies in the House. According to Politico – backroom talks are focused on putting a modest counter cyclical program together as a safety net for rice and peanuts.

One possibility would trigger assistance if prices fell below $10.50 per hundredweight for rice and 495-dollars per ton of peanuts. Those figures are well below what growers have been asking for – instead matching the indexes set in current law. Lawmakers in the House that are sympathetic with the South – Politico reports – are saying this potential deal must be considered as a bridge to a future House-Senate conference on the farm bill. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.