May 14, 2018

Three House Farm Bill Amendments To Watch

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

The House version of the Farm Bill, which is expected to have floor time this week, made its way through mark up last week which resulted in 103 amendments, three of them are directly related to dairy programs.

Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and Mike Simpson (R-ID) aim to provide financial relief to dairy producers. The catastrhopic coverage level for Tier 1 is currently $5, and the House version of the farm bill reduces it to $4. The proposed amendment would raise the catastrophic coverage level of the Margin Protection Program from $4 to $5 in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the program.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it easier to sell raw milk. An amendment from Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) “prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products between States that allow the distribution of unpasteurized milk or milk products for direct human consumption.”

One group of lawmakers hope to increase school milk consumption. An amendment from Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Claudia Tenney (R-NY) “amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow unflavored whole milk to be sold during school lunches.”

It’s important to know these are proposed amendments not final changes to the bill.  

“The Rules panel meets late Tuesday afternoon to set the terms of the farm bill debate, and again on Wednesday afternoon to decide which amendments can be considered on the House floor,” explains Jim Wiesemeyer Pro Farmer policy analyst.