Farm Bill Draft Could Be Ready by August

House Agriculture Committee Chairman G.T. Thompson (R-PA), announced this week at an event that draft language for the 2023 Farm Bill could be available by August.

Chairman Thompson and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott (D-GA) appeared on a panel with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as Ranking Republican Member, Senator John Boozman (R-AR), to discuss the 2023 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Stabenow did not commit to a specific timeline for the bill’s introduction, but did note that she “would not be surprised” if a short-term extension of the 2018 Farm Bill was needed in order to complete the Farm Bill process.

Chairman Thompson has consistently stated that the next Farm Bill must be “bipartisan, bicameral, on-time, and highly effective.” He also added, “Anybody can get a Farm Bill done if you watered it down to the point of being meaningless. We’re not doing that. We are setting a high bar.” Chairman Thompson and Senator Boozman have both underscored that the 2023 Farm Bill must strengthen the farm safety net for farmers and ranchers.