Four members of the House Agriculture Committee fielded comments from farm families and state commodity leaders Monday at the latest Farm Bill listening session, hosted at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. The hearing took place in the congressional district of Missouri’s lone member of the committee, Republican Mark Alford.
The session lasted 80 minutes and featured comments from 16 audience members. After the session, House Ag Committee chairman GT Thompson of Pennsylvania called the session productive.
Thompson says committee members have hosted over 50 sessions, including one last year in Northwest Missouri, and also fielded comments earlier this year through an online portal. However, Thompson acknowledged that limited time remains to complete a new Farm Bill before the current measure expires in 45 days. He says writing the bill won’t be the issue, but instead getting it on the House calendar.
Thompson added that an extension of the current Farm Bill will likely be necessary.
Committee members, Texas Republican Monica De La Garza and Illinois Democrat Jonathan Jackson, also took part in Monday’s listening session. Joining them were Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, and Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn.