South Dakota Senator John Thune says the farm bill approved Thursday by the Senate provides a fiscally responsible, but strong safety net for farmers. He says it enhances the crop insurance program, but still represents significant reform by eliminating direct payments. The bill now moves to the House.
Thune says there may be an attempt in the House to bring back target prices to satisfy Southern producers. However, he thinks it will face tough opposition.
The House Ag Committee is expected to start farm bill markup on July 11.