House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill

Wall Street Journal writers Jesse Newman, Heather Haddon and Siobhan Hughes reported on Thursday that, "The House on Thursday narrowly passed a Republican-written bill that reauthorizes farm programs while also imposing controversial new work requirements on food-stamp recipients, acting on legislation that is important to a critical GOP constituency before the midterm elections. The bill passed on a 213-211 vote."
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Farm Bill Passes Senate Ag Committee

Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor reported on Wednesday that, "A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps."
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Farm Bill Update from Chairman Conaway

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) was a guest on Wednesday's "Adams on Agriculture" radio program with Mike Adams.  After failing to pass on the House floor Friday due to a tussle over immigration, Chairman Conaway discussed Farm Bill issues going forward in anticipation of the House voting again on the measure.
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Farm Bill Defeated on House Floor- Recap

Siobhan Hughes and Jesse Newman reported on the front page of Saturday's Wall Street Journal that, "The House defeated a Republican-written farm bill on Friday after GOP leaders couldn’t win over a bloc of their party’s most conservative lawmakers, who were demanding a separate vote soon on a measure to toughen immigration enforcement."
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As House Considers Farm Bill, Lower Farm Income Persists, While Drought Impacts Southern Plains

As the House of Representatives works on passing its version of the Farm Bill this week, a report yesterday from the Kansas City Fed noted that, "bankers in the Tenth Federal Reserve District reported lower farm income and credit conditions for the fifth straight year."  Meanwhile, a recent Wall Street Journal article pointed out that ongoing drought conditions in the southern Great Plains "could punish the agricultural sector, affecting everything from cotton to cattle to farming-equipment sales."   Today's update looks briefly at these reports regarding the agricultural economy as well as recent articles highlighting House Farm Bill developments.
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