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September 4, 2017

What Will Dairy Farm Bill Fixes Cost?

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

Farmers around the country are hoping for changes to the Farm Bill that would strengthen the safety net for dairy producers. 

“Cotton and Dairy have got to get done in this farm bill,” says Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tx.) House Agriculture Chairman. “We’ve heard a variety of good ideas and we’ll have to fold all those in and see what they actually cost.”

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) thinks he knows what it will cost.

“I think at the outside, what needs to be done, can be done for $150 million,” Peterson says. “Over 10 years, that’s only $15 million a year so I think we can do it.”

Conaway is optimistic the bill can be passed this year.

“I grew up in west Texas, I’m eternally optimistic by nature,” he says adding he thinks they will get floor time for the bill either later this year or early next.

According to Peterson, the lack of traction in Congress could help pass the Farm Bill.

“I think we’re going to have no accomplishments as we get to the end of the year and they might see the Farm Bill as a win,” he says. “I’m hoping that works.”