Although the agriculture section of the bill includes “attractive” programs, Duvall said Farm Bureau fears that the increased spending and taxes would create more burdens for farmers.
The spending on agricultural research, rural development, biofuels and other rural programs would amount to $66 billion, a small portion of the $3.5 trillion, Duvall noted. He did not mention the $28 billion for conservation or the $35 billion for child nutrition programs that is likely to increase government spending on food.
As DTN reported Thursday, farmers would get a $25 an acre payment from USDA to grow cover crop as part of the $28 billion set aside for climate-smart conservation practices.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has said that Republicans will be grateful for the reconciliation bill provisions when the 2023 farm bill comes up because they will increase the budget authority known as the baseline for the farm bill.
Duvall said Farm Bureau had done “a really good job in talking about the disadvantages of stepped up basis.”