NCBA cites priorities for elusive farm bill

by | Feb 27, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

The cattle industry is the latest farm sector to weigh in on its priorities for the ever-elusive farm bill. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Chair Kim Brackett says NCBA’s top policy priority is the farm bill.

Brackett’s comments are similar to those of other commodity groups concerning the continuing farm bill policy and funding disagreements.

If both sides can work through the farm bill impasse, Bracket tells the NCBA’s Beltway Beef podcast, that the group has several priorities it would like to see addressed in a new farm bill.

Conservation programs like EQIP made up seven percent or $60 billion of the last farm bill.

Brackett insists that the cattle industry will continue to push back against animal rights activists and government agency overregulation.

Regardless of what the commodity groups want to see in the farm bill the reality is that right now agriculture continues to operate under the outdated 2018 farm law extended through September 30.

Farm bill disagreements are currently complicated by external fights over spending, immigration, and foreign policy in Congress and have made the push for a new five-year bill even tougher.