Sworn in amid the ongoing worldwide pandemic and followed by an attack on the Capitol days later, the 117th Congress began its work during a turbulent time in our nation. While their current priority is working with a new administration on additional pandemic relief, a key question for Farm Credit East members is how the new Congress will address the issues facing Northeast agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing.
On National Ag Day, we thank not only those who produce our nation’s food and fiber, but also want to acknowledge those who continue to support our nation’s agricultural production and write the laws that ensure the health, safety and affordability of our nation’s food supply.
Leaders of the Congressional agriculture committees began 2017 with the best of intentions to get a jump start on the 2018 Farm Bill in hopes of finalizing it well before its expiration in September 2018. Despite their efforts, there has been no actual legislative action on the Farm Bill to date, but House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is poised for action in early 2018. The big question is if the Congressional agriculture committees will be able to fund all their priorities within the spending limits.