White House farm bill meeting leaves unanswered questions

by | May 17, 2023 | 5 Ag Stories, News

House and Senate Ag Committee leaders were invited to the White House last week for farm bill talks with President Biden. It was an unusual move for meetings on the bill that is not even being written yet.

A key Ag Committee Senator says President Biden may be using the farm bill as a method to push back on broader GOP plans to expand food stamp work requirements, even as farm safety net funding remains in doubt.

So, which is it? Fear of a U.S. debt default, or the GOP expanding SNAP work requirements, that prompted Biden to invite Ag Committee leaders to the White House last week for farm bill talks? Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Grassley asked American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval at a recent farm bill hearing if Duval had any ideas of how to improve the farm safety net without any new money. The question then becomes, why ask unless Grassley thinks there will be little, or no new money.

Grassley was also asked about the recent Supreme Court decision upholding California?s controversial Proposition 12 that bans sale of pork from sows not allowed stall space to move freely, regardless of where they?re raised. Grassley was asked how he thinks Congress would react to legislation that is designed to overturn Prop 12.

Senator Grassley made his comments during his weekly ag conference call with farm broadcasters and reporters on Tuesday morning.