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The president isn’t expected to submit his budget to Congress until March 9. By statute,
the budget is due the first Monday in February.
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
Feb. 22, 2023
(Newsrooms: With file art of Shipman, and Boozman and Stabenow at a farm bill hearing in Arkansas last year: https://flic.kr/p/2ntfdza, https://flic.kr/p/2nt9Xxk; With mainbar: Congress urged to strengthen price, revenue supports, crop insurance programs at Farm
Bill listening session)
UNDATED — Uncertainty over President Biden’s budget and whether Congress can achieve
true bipartisan agreement are among the challenges facing the 2023 Farm Bill, said
Hunt Shipman, principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs.
The current Farm Bill expires Sept. 30.
“Every Farm Bill is important, and this one is no exception, but it faces unique headwinds
in Congress,” Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center,
said. “The outcome will define what the farm safety net will look like in the coming
years, which impacts farming operations, lenders, and others throughout the ag industry.”
The Farm Bill was among a spectrum of topics Shipman addressed in “Looking Ahead:
Impact of the 2022 Elections on Ag Law and Policy,” a webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center in January.
Shipman said the delay “may also influence the timing of the ‘23 Farm Bill being able
to truly get underway.”
In an email after the webinar, Shipman said “the desire by some in Congress to cut
spending will require some negotiation among the House, Senate and White House to
reach an overall spending agreement that likely includes a debt ceiling increase. That
agreement will be necessary for the ag committees know exactly what they've got to
OversightIn addition to timing, budget oversight will be a major issue for Congress, and Shipman
cited rural broadband efforts as an example.
“As we think about other areas that have been of interest in past Farm Bills — rural
development, broadband — continues to be a focus,” he said. “If you look at some of
the analyses that have been done, there are 133 broadband programs administered by
federal agencies … that have spent well over $115 billion to ostensibly expand broadband
access in the country.”
Shipman said there’s talk about additional broadband support in the next Farm Bill
and expects “close scrutiny as to whether or not the dollars that have been already
allocated for that have been spent wisely and in the most efficient manner possible.”
Additionally, “I don't think it's going to get easier to write a Farm Bill in 2024
with an election year looming over us,” he said. “But we've done it in the past, and
we may do it again this time.”
Two factors that may encourage moving the Farm Bill forward are the members of the
congressional agriculture committees and the impending retirement of Sen. Debbie Stabenow
of Michigan, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“We’ve got the same four leaders of the agriculture committee that we had in the last
Congress just changing roles on the House side, with G.T. Thompson of Pennsylvania
taking over as chair, and Sen. Stabenow remains chair of the Agriculture Committee
in the Senate, and then the ranking member, it’s Sen. (John) Boozman from Arkansas,”
“After much of the negotiation that happened in the last Congress, I think for them
to work together, they now know each other well and hopefully will be able to move
forward for a Farm Bill,” he said. “Whether or not there can be true bipartisan agreement
on that … we have the foundation for that between Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Boozman.”
Shipman also said that Stabenow announced that she won’t seek re-election in 2024.
“This will be her last Farm Bill,” he said. “I think that’s important to note because
she has certainly made her mark on previous Farm Bills and I think she will definitely
want to leave with an impactful role on the Ag Committee.”
Shipman also fielded questions about nutrition and insurance programs, as well as
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