Senate Republicans release Farm Bill framework

On June 14, 2024, in Farm Bill, by David Elrod

Senate Republicans, led by Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR), this week released their priorities for the next Farm Bill.

The committee did not release the full text of the bill but did release summaries for each title, including:

Senate Agriculture Democrats have previously released their framework for the Farm Bill, which can be found here. The full text has not been released.

Meanwhile, House Agriculture Republicans have marked up their version of the Farm Bill in May, but House Democrats have not yet released summaries or text of their version of the bill.

Ranking Member Boozman’s full statement on the release of the framework can be found here:

“From the onset of this process, we have sought to draft a farm bill that reflects the needs of stakeholders. The world has changed dramatically since the 2018 bill became law, and the unprecedented challenges and economic uncertainty that farmers face now are only projected to get worse in the coming years.

This is why producers have been calling on senators to put more farm in the farm bill.

Our framework released today meets that call by modernizing the farm safety net, facilitating the expansion of access to overseas markets, fostering breakthroughs in agricultural research, and growing the rural communities our farmers, ranchers, and foresters call home – all while making a historic investment in conservation and protecting nutrition programs that help Americans in need.

Following the House Committee on Agriculture’s bipartisan passage of a farmer-focused farm bill, we are putting forth a framework that exhibits a shared common ground with our Democrat counterparts on several key priorities and offers a path forward in the places where we differ.

Our framework builds on the momentum from committee passage in the House and Chairwoman Stabenow’s release of Senate Democrats’ priorities. I am eager to follow the House’s lead and draft a bill that will garner support on both sides of the aisle.

I have been proud to partner with Chairwoman Stabenow on priority issues and shepherd significant reforms into law, particularly the accomplishments focused on climate and nutrition. These accomplishments would not have been possible without a commitment to working together as good faith partners. Senate Republicans have every intention of continuing farm bill negotiations in the same manner and remain committed to advancing a bipartisan farm bill that meets the needs of farmers, ranchers, foresters, rural communities, and consumers nationwide.”