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Farm bill week approaches

May 20, 2024
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Prep for a high-stakes farm bill markup in the House this week.

Why it matters: IRA money is on the chopping block — creating a key obstacle to getting the ag policy bill done this Congress.

Driving the news: The House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up the bill Thursday, as previously announced.

  • The GOP-led bill dropped last week with proposed changes to IRA "climate smart" ag money that would move funds into broader farm and forest conservation programs.
  • As we told you last week, this appears to be a non-starter with Dems, along with GOP language related to food stamps.
  • We're still awaiting formal notice of the markup, though there's a noon business meeting listed on the Ag website without a description.

Zoom in: This bill has quite a bit of bipartisan energy and climate policy, including support to biofuels in aviation and a forestry package with wildfire mitigation proposals.

  • There's also Kevin McCarthy's long-sought Save Our Sequoias bill, which aims to conserve California's giant trees.

What we're watching: Whether lawmakers will propose amendments in markup to change the IRA funding or add other energy proposals (cough SAF cough).

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