Ag News: Farm Bill Defeated
**The 2018 farm bill went down Friday, amid a dispute between the House Freedom Caucus and GOP leadership over immigration.
The bill went down 198-213 even after leaders feverishly tried to flip conservative votes on the floor, even leaving the vote open for a time to try to change opponent’s minds.
House Ag Committee Chair Michael Conaway says we may be down, but we’re not out. We will deliver a strong, new farm bill on time. Our nation’s farmers and ranchers and rural America deserve nothing less.
**Missouri is one step closer to being the first state to enact labeling that makes it clear whether or not ‘meat’ comes from an animal or another source.
According to agweb.com, the Missouri Senate passed the omnibus bill last Thursday with bipartisan vote of 125-22 in favor.
The legislation contained a provision identical to a bill passed by the Missouri House earlier in the month.
Governor Eric Greitens must now sign the bill for it to become official.
**An increase in global temperatures from Earth’s changing climate could bring an unexpected benefit for U.S. farmers who grow corn, the nation’s biggest crop.
Agweb.com reports that a Michigan State University study shows while hotter weather generally threatens to sap crops of needed moisture, data from Midwest corn-growing states suggests the region will see warmer summers with more humidity, which would aid plant growth and yields.