The American Farm Bureau was more optimistic in its reaction. A statement from President Bob Stallman indicated the group was pleased with options that allow more flexibility and place more emphasis on crop insurance.
Focusing more broadly on a variety of amendments that came up in discussion Wednesday, the National Farmers Union was supportive of commodity title language, dairy policies and the conservation title. The group, however, was "disappointed" in an amendment to repeal provisions of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
Yet other groups were disappointed with the absence of several rural development programs and conservation measures.
The National Wildlife Federation, along with the NSAC, said the House Bill doesn't do enough to reduce subsidies for plowing up native prairie, and doesn't link insurance to conservation, even though the Senate proposal did.
"We are very disappointed that Chairman Lucas chose to leave out [the conservation-insurance link] supported by a broad coalition of conservation, agricultural and crop insurance interests," said Julie Sibbing, NWF director of Agriculture and Forestry Programs. "Failure to link these longstanding requirements to crop insurance premium subsidies could destroy more than a million wetlands in the Northern Great Plains, putting at risk North America's most important waterfowl breeding habitat."
In the miscellaneous title, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association applauded a measure that would prohibit states from setting product manufacturing standards for foods brought in from other states.
NCBA said the provision "would keep decisions regarding how to raise livestock and poultry in the hands of farmers and ranchers."
Despite the negative reaction to specific measures, groups supported the Committee's efforts overall to move action on the Farm Bill forward. Though the House isn't expected to vote on the bill until June, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., noted Thursday she was optimistic that the timeline for getting the Senate bill passed would be short.
Current estimates, Stabenow said, have the Senate bill being debated next week and a vote either before or directly after the Memorial Day holiday.