Midterms Could Alter Farm Bill Talks

The outcome of the midterms elections could change the direction of work on crafting a new Farm Bill, something ag states are following closely.

The current Farm Bill expires in 2023. If the GOP wins back control of the U.S. House, Pennsylvania’s G.T. Thompson could become the chair of the House Ag Committee. The change could mean changes in funding.

It remains to be seen if the Senate Ag Committee Chair will switch from Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan to Republican John Boozman of Arkansas.

As of Wednesday morning, there are still races being decided that can impact whether or not the GOP takes control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. On the Senate side, it is looking more like a potential stalemate. Races in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin are being watched as of Wednesday morning.

Numerous ag state Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen won re-election in Tuesday’s midterms. They include North Dakota Senator John Hoeven (R), North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R), South Dakota Senator John Thune (R), South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson (R), Iowa Senator Charles Grassley (R), Virginia’s Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) and Rep. Angie Craig (D) in Minnesota.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.