On Farm Bill, Washington D.C. Always Offers A New Viewpoint

Kansas Viewpoint

All you have to do is visit Washington to know why understanding the development of the farm bill and communication about it is so difficult.

Published on: April 18, 2012
When it comes to understanding how farm policy making trickles down to farmers, a trip to Washington, D.C. can be highly instructive.

In a recent visit to the Capitol, I heard both minority and majority leaders in Congress talk about how work in committees on the Farm Bill is all about posturing and show and not about doing anything substantial.


I heard people on both sides of the aisle say that votes that appear to affect the Farm Bill are irrelevant and shouldn't even be considered in evaluating where things are headed.


I had to wonder: If this is the advice that journalists get, what are farmers -- who are dependent on TV, Radio and Newspaper accounts of the doings in Washington supposed to think? How do you know what to tell your banker? Or how to plan out your advance purchases?


When it comes to the 2012 Farm Bill, grab your seat belt and hang on tight. It looks like there isn't much of anything you can count on as secure.