From Denise Ross at the Mitchell Daily Republic, US Senator John Thune is hoping for a chance to vote on the Farm Bill in the coming weeks:
“I would really like to see the conference committee wrap this up this week and put it on the floor of the House and Senate next week. We’ll see if that’s an attainable timeline,” Thune said.
Thune said he’s not too optimistic that his wish will come true, as the conference committee still is working out differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation.
As he understands it, the conference committee has agreed on what Thune called high target prices. He would favor a more market-based system.
“That is a real missed opportunity,” Thune said. “It relies on high fixed target prices set in statute by Congress. That’s very far afield from the mark-oriented reforms I had hoped would be included. We need to be looking at the future of agriculture, not the past. This takes us back to the farm policy we saw back in the 1980s. It’s an antiquated framework.”