Riceland Foods Official Assesses Federal Farm Bill Impasse

With Congress failing to pass a Farm Bill for the next five years, Arkansas farmers are teetering toward limbo with future farm policy.

In mid-May, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the Farm Bill due to squabbles between Democrats on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Republicans on immigration reform. The Senate’s version is still in a committee awaiting action.

Kevin McGilton, vice president for Government Affairs with powerhouse agricultural cooperative Riceland Foods, is tasked with monitoring and hopefully shaping the final Farm Bill legislation. He shared his thoughts on what’s at stake and what happens next with Talk Business & Politics CEO Roby Brock.    MORE

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