October 25, 2013

House and Senate conferees will be sitting down together next week to begin reconciling differences between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. There are significant differences between the two bills, including over the future of conservation and renewable energy programs.

This week, the House Agriculture Committee announced the conference committee will convene October 30 to begin negotiating over the future of federal nutrition, agriculture, forestry, conservation, and renewable energy programs.

The Senate passed its version, the " Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013" (S. 954), in June, with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 66 – 27 . The House completed work on its version, the " Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013" (H.R. 2642), on September 28, when it combined its agriculture and nutrition bills into one bill, and sent it to the Senate.

Some of the key differences between the House and Senate bills on conservation and renewable energy issues are:

This is the time to contact your senators and representative to express your views – especially if one of your legislators is on the conference committee.

Senate conferees include Senators: Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Patrick Leahy, (D-VT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Max Baucus (D-MT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), and John Hoeven (R-SD).

House conferees include Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Steve King (R-IA), Randy Neugabauer (R-TX), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Austin Scott (R-GA), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Martha Roby (R-AL), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Steve Southerland (R-FL), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tom Marino (R-PA), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Jim Costa (D-CA), Tim Walz (D-MN), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Gloria McLeod (D-CA), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Sandy Levin (D-MI).

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