GOP Farm Bill Mixed Bag for Energy, Efficiency, Conservation and Forestry
On Thursday, April 12, Chairman Conaway introduced a GOP-only Farm Bill and expects the Committee will mark up the bill starting April 18. While the overall conversation is dominated by debate over the future direction of the Nutrition Title (which represents 80 percent of the overall farm bill), there were both good and bad changes to the energy, efficiency, forestry and conservation titles. While EESI is disappointed to not see a bipartisan bill go forward, we appreciate the hard work of the Committee to further a bill that helps during a time when the farm economy is down 50 percent in just a six-year period. Within, we consider some of the key provisions affecting energy, efficiency, conservation and forestry.
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