On the farm side of the spending ledger, I’m championing payment caps that limit how much individual farmers may receive per year. I’m also working to maintain support for closing a loophole that exploits the taxpaying public. Currently, general partnerships and joint ventures may qualify for farm payments using “active personal management” guidelines that allow hundreds of millions of tax dollars to flow though this loophole. The provisions I authored would allow only one off-farm manager to address the abusive practice of multiple non-farming individuals receiving payments without having a significant role in farm management.
If Congress fails to reach an agreement on the farm and food bill, consumers could experience serious sticker shock in January. Prices for milk could double if current commodity programs expire. That’s because the underlying permanent farm law would trigger the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set the floor price for milk at about $39 per 100 pounds. Although I’m not serving on the conference committee hammering out the details on a final bill, I’m riding herd on lawmakers to keep the reforms in place that were in both the House- and Senate-passed bills. It’s time to give farmers the certainty they need to make business decisions for the year ahead.