Farm Bill

On the eve of a major vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the 2018 Farm Bill, both parties are scrambling to get their preferred amendments into the legislation. 

The amendments range from a new rule to allow food stamp recipients to purchase multivitamins with their benefits to a program to increase the accuracy of the grading of cattle across the country. 

Other issues include caps on payments to wealthier farmers and lower subsidies for government-backed crop insurance programs demanded by conservatives, and new work requirements for food stamp recipients opposed by advocates for the poor.

Lawmakers are expected to begin work next month on the sweeping legislation known as the Farm Bill.  The bill covers dozens of nutrition, agricultural and rural policies that affect everyday life.

While discussions around the Farm Bill often focus on food stamps, the supplemental food program that assists millions of Americans, including about one in seven Arkansas residents, this year lawmakers are also concentrating on agricultural safety net programs for farmers.


  Farm Bill regulations, women in agriculture, and conservation are some of the topics to be discussed at the 2016 Arkansas Rice Meeting Friday.  KAIT-TV reports Congressman Rick Crawford and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward will be speaking at the annual conference.  Arkansas is the highest ranking rice producing state accounting for more than 50% of the US’s rice production in 2014.  The meeting will be held at the Arkansas State University Con

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the new Farm Bill, immigration, the minimum wage, and more in his monthly interview with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to here the interview.

Boozman discusses issues for 2014

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the budget and spending bills, the Farm Bill, and other issues facing Congress in 2014, during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) talked about the House Republican proposal to cut funding and reform the Food Stamp program, and the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act during his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith....

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) visited the U.S./Mexican border during the August recess. He discussed border security, immigration reform, the Farm Bill, Syria, and health care in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is embarking on an Agriculture Tour in Arkansas as part of his travels during the August recess. He discussed the Farm Bill, health care, unrest in the Middle East, and other topics during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

Pryor talks with KASU while on the road

Aug 20, 2013

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) is traveling the state during the August recess, and stopped to visit with KASU by phone. He discussed job creation, the health care law, Head Start, and the Farm Bill. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) discussed balancing counter-terrorism efforts with concerns about the scope of NSA surveillance programs in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. He also talked about the Farm Bill, concerns about proposed Postal Service reforms, and the compromise on student loan rates. Click on the "Listen" link for the entire interview.