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RETIRING AG CHAIR CONWAY SAYS NEXT FARM BILL NEEDS TO STAY FOCUSED
Agri-Pulse reports:

Mike Conaway, who chaired the House Agriculture Committee during the writing of the 2018 farm bill, says that legislation devoted too much money to what he calls "boutique" forms of agriculture.

Conaway, who's retiring from Congress, blames Senate Democrats for insisting on putting money into "rooftop gardens and all kinds of feel-good nonsense that doesn't really affect the broad production agriculture world."

Conaway didn't name names, but the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, ensured the bill included new provisions for urban agriculture. Urban ag includes the new vertical farming operations that are producing leafy greens and other specialty crops indoors, closer to major metropolitan markets.

Conaway, speaking in an Agri-Pulse Open Mic interview, said urban farming and local markets don't "move the needle when it comes to protecting rural America and production agriculture."

On carbon credits: Conaway doesn't believe USDA has the legal authority to start paying farmers for ag carbon credits. He says the Biden administration should ask Congress for approval before trying to start a carbon bank.

"I don't think it's something the administration should do out of hand without the House and Senate," Conaway said.


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