June 29, 2007
June 29, 2007 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson (Minn.) held a meeting with members of the committee on Thursday to express his intentions in regard to proceeding on the Farm Bill mark-up and schedule.
According to Fran Boyd, the Washington, D.C., representative for the American Sheep Industry Association, Peterson informed committee members that he planned to release a chairman's mark-up on July 6. He then said that members should anticipate a full committee mark-up on Tuesday, July 17, through Thursday, July 19. He told members they would mark-up as late as Congress was in session and that at this time, his plan is to bring the committee reported bill to the House floor on Thursday, July 26.
He also told the members that there would be two Farm Bill drafts released next week; one including the $20 billion reserve and the other would have no reserve funds and basically be a continuation of the 2002 Farm Bill. He indicated the draft including the reserve funding would include a permanent disaster provision.
Peterson also said that both drafts would not cut direct payments and would include Davis-Bacon provisions for federal contracts and rural development projects. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33