Ag leadership, Pres. Biden meet to discuss significance of Farm Bill: ‘It is a safety net for farmers’

The leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture committees met with President Joe Biden and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday to discuss the farm bill.

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The leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture committees met with President Joe Biden and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday to discuss the farm bill.

Few details about the meeting, which was earlier described as a “check-in,” were released.

“Today, the four leaders of the Agriculture Committees had a conversation with President Biden and Secretary Vilsack on the importance of passing a bipartisan Farm Bill this year,” the group said in a statement about the meeting on Friday.

The group refers to itself as the “Four Corners,” and consists of Senate Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR), House Chair Glen “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Ranking Member David Scott (D-GA). They issued a joint statement Thursday evening.

“The Farm Bill is a jobs bill. It is a safety net for farmers and consumers, and it is an investment in our rural communities and the health of the American people,” the statement continued. “The Agriculture Committees have a long tradition of bipartisan cooperation, and we look forward to continuing that tradition through our work on the 2023 Farm Bill.”

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