The House took up the farm bill debate in earnest on Wednesday (June 19). With over 100 amendments to get through, there was plenty for agriculture advocates to focus on.

But for those in the South, Amendment Two – offered by Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs and Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind – drew special scrutiny.

“I’ve met with all the Arkansas delegation,” said Jeffery Hall, associate director of national affairs for the Arkansas Farm Bureau, shortly before the debate opened. “They’re all optimistic that the House can get the farm bill passed even though there’s a lot to work through.

“We’re extremely concerned about the amendment from Gibbs and Kind. We’re in opposition to that and believe it would be devastating to rice, peanuts and other Southern crops.”

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