Last week, House Ag Republicans rolled out their 2018 farm bill proposal, just months ahead of the current law’s expiration. The GOP said their proposal protects crop insurance, improves the ARC and PLC programs, allowing reference prices to adjust to better market conditions and helps minimize ARC disparities between counties. It folds the Conservation Stewardship Program into the flagship voluntary conservation EQIP program and boosts rural broadband, rural development and anti-opioid efforts.
But the bill also includes highly controversial new food stamp work requirements, opposed by ag committee Democrats. Ag Chair Mike Conaway acknowledges it will be challenging to hammer out an agreement with democrats.
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