House Ag Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up Announced

The House Agriculture Committee will mark up its version of long-term farm policy next month.

Reports from Washington, D.C. say Committee Chair Frank Lucas plans to start marking up a new five-year farm bill on May 15. He met with Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday and discussed timing for the measure. The Virginia Republican asked Lucas to consider taking more time, but the chairman plans to proceed as originally planned.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow had expressed hope her panel would mark up a bill in April, though just one legislative week remains in the month.

The current one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires on September 30.

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