Criticism heavy during farm bill markup;
Southern senators all vote nay

There is no argument that the farm bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee last Thursday was bipartisan.

It was not, however, regionally inclusive as all four senators on the committee from the South — Arkansas’ John Boozman, Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell and Mississippi’s Thad Cochran — voted nay.

And those nay votes didn’t occur prior to the senators taking time during the markup to explain the negative impacts the legislation would have on southern agriculture — especially for rice and peanut producers.

Delta Farm Press
5/3/12