Farm Bill Moves on After Livestock Interests Score Wins

July 12, 2012 - CQ Roll Call by Philip Brasher, CQ Roll Call Staff It took them until after midnight to do it, but House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas and ranking Democrat Collin Peterson shepherded their farm bill through committee with its key provisions untouched. Lucas and Peterson fought off efforts from both the right and left to expand or eliminate the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that the bill would make. Dairy and sugar policies targeted by the food industry because of their impact on prices survived unscathed. And no restrictions were added to the … [Read more...]


Jul 12 2012 by: Amanda Peterka from E&E Daily The House Agriculture Committee early this morning voted 35-11 to move its version of the farm bill to the House floor after a markup that stretched 15 hours and included debate on more than 100 amendments. The bill agreed to by the committee at about 12:55 a.m. has no mandatory funding in its energy title after Rep. Leonard Boswell (R-Iowa) pulled an amendment that would have provided funding for the bill's major energy programs. However, committee leaders agreed to work with Boswell on putting mandatory funding into the bill as it … [Read more...]

House Agriculture approves farm bill with strong 35-11 vote

By Erik Wasson of - 07/12/12 12:55 AM ET The House Agriculture Committee approved the 2012 farm bill early Thursday morning in a 35-11 vote. The strong vote — which took place just before 1 a.m. — on the $957 billion farm subsidy and nutrition measure was a major victory for Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who had risked angering factions in their own parties to forge a compromise bill. Earlier in the marathon markup, which began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, conservatives and liberals had brawled over the $16.5 billion … [Read more...]

House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill

By Ben Terris of Updated: July 12, 2012 | 12:23 p.m. July 12, 2012 | 6:44 a.m. It took until nearly 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but the House Agriculture Committee was able to pass its Farm Bill 35-11 after a marathon markup. The effort could present a way for the Farm Bill to become law before the current authorization expires Sept. 30, a proposition that just months ago seemed unlikely. But there’s still a major hurdle to overcome: getting the bill onto the House floor. Ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., seemed confident that it would get there. “I think … [Read more...]

Chairman Lucas Tells Ag Groups Who Want New Farm Law- Urge Leadership to Provide Floor Time

From the Oklahoma Farm Report: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:55:01 CDT Following last week’s passage of the 2012 farm bill out of the House Agriculture Committee, Chairman Frank Lucas has had a chance to digest the results of the vote and plan strategy to get the bill to the House floor. He spoke with Ron Hays about how the process has progressed so far and how he thinks it will proceed from here. Lucas said that following the debate that ran from Wednesday into the early hours Thursday, he was somewhat surprised with the final vote tally. “I knew that Collin and I had agreed on … [Read more...]