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2018 Farm Bill stalled

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AUDIO: House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX)

The 2018 Farm Bill has stalled in Congress. The hard-driving, Republican chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says there is only one sticking point right now, but it is part of the bill which receives 80% of the funding – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) spoke in his home state this past weekend, and my friend and fellow farm broadcaster, Ron Hays from the Radio Oklahoma Network was there.

Revealing remarks on the differences between R’s and D’s indicate how difficult this bill will be to pass before current legislation runs out at the end of September.

AUDIO: Profit Matters 3-26-18

Cattle producers welcomed Texas Congressman and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway at the 2018 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth. Conaway talked about several issues, but spent most of his time talking about his work on moving forward with the writing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Conaway told cattle raisers that he was disappointed in House Ag Committee Democrats, who had broken off discussions with him on the Nutrition Title – and his intentions to tie a massive training program for adults to getting food stamps in the future.

Regardless of what happens with ranking member Colin Peterson (D – MN 7th District) – the Chairman said he plans to move forward with marking up a farm bill in Committee, then on to the floor in April.