FYI Preparing for the U.S House of Representatives floor consideration of the 2013 Farm bill; Summary of Committee Amendments

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From: Gary Redding <>
Date: June 12, 2013 1:15:34 PM PDT
To:,, Farm and Ranch Team <>, Lorette Picciano <>, Woody Colbert <>, Spencer Richards <>, Angela Adrar <>
Subject: Preparing for the U.S House of Representatives floor consideration of the 2013 Farm bill; Summary of Committee Amendments

In preparation for the U.S House of Representatives floor consideration of the 2013 Farm bill next week, we share the following recap of the issues debated in the House Committee on Agriculture and the resolution of those issues.

H.R. 1947, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FAARM) of 2013


On May 15, 2013, the House Committee on Agriculture voted 36-10 on H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, to pass through the committee.  Below are the committee members and results:


Yea: votes on House Ag Committee Farm Bill   |   Nay votes on House Ag Committee Farm Bill


1.  Rep. Frank Lucas (R, OK)

1.  Rep. Bob Gibbs (R, OH)

2.  Rep. Steve King (R, IA)

2.  Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R, VA)

3.  Rep. Mike Rogers (R, AL)

3.  Rep. Marcia Fudge (D, OH)

4.  Rep. Michael Conaway (R, TX)

4.  Rep. Jim McGovern (D, MA)

5.  Rep. Glenn Thompson (R, PA)

5.  Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D, NM)

6.  Rep. Austin Scott (R, GA)

6. Rep. Filemon Vela (D, TX)

7.  Rep. Scott Tipton (R, CO)

7.  Rep. Juan Vargas (D, CA)

8.  Rep. Rick Crawford (R, AR)

8.  Rep. John Garamendi (D, CA)

9.  Rep. Martha Roby (R, AL)

9.  Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D, CA)

10. Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R, TN)

10.  Rep. David Scott (D, GA)

11. Rep. Chris Gibson (R, NY)


12. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R, MO)


13. Rep. Reid Ribble (R, WI)


14. Rep. Kristi Noem (R, SD)


15. Rep. Dan Benishek (R, MI)


16. Rep. Jeff Denham (R, CA)


17. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R, TN)


18. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R, CA)


19. Rep. Richard Hudson (R, NC)


20. Rep. Rodney Davis (R, IL)


21. Rep. Chris Collins (R, NY)


22. Rep. Ted Yoho (R, FL)


23. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D, NC)


24. Rep. David Scott (D, GA)


25. Rep. Jim Costa (D, CA)


26. Rep. Tim Walz (D, MN)


27. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D, OR)


28. Rep. Collin Peterson (D, MN)


29. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D, WA)


30. Rep. Pete Gallego (D, TX)


31. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D, NH)


32. Rep. Rick Nolan (D, MN)


33. Rep. Bill Enyart (D, IL)


34. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL)


35. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY)


36. Rep. John Garamendi (D, CA)


 The following is a list of adopted and failed amendments by committee members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. 


The adopted amendments are now a part of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FAARM) of 2013.  The adopted amendments (or any language in the underlying bill) are still subject to being cut if another member introduces a House floor amendment to strike it.  


The failed amendments are not a part of the FAARM but the sponsors will be able to reintroduce these and any other amendments on the United States House of Representatives Floor.  

Adopted Amendments

Title VI Amendments

Amendment:  29 - Adopted

§  Description:            The amendment, to Title IV of the bill, would authorize the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which is a public-private partnership that uses public dollars to attract private investment in communities by providing critical loans, grants, and financing opportunities for food retailers, farmers markets, cooperatives and others who face barriers to carrying and selling healthy foods. The amendment also supports expansion of existing stores so they can provide the healthier foods that consumers demand. 

§  Sponsors:                        Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-D); Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-D), Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-D), and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-D)


Amendment:  94 - Adopted

§  Description:            This amendment would instruct the Secretary to develop a coordinated strategy within Rural Development programs to serve the specific, local needs of rural community and technical colleges.  The amendment has not cost and helps ensure that there is a comprehensive guide in place for supporting these essential educational institutions. 

§  Sponsor:                        Rep. Ann M. Kuster (NH-D)


Amendment:  10 - Adopted

§  Description:            This amendment grants the USDA the authority to consider an application for a promotion order by the organic sectorif it were to decide to do so – by defining organic as a commodity for purposes of research and promotion orders.  The amendment also provides organic producers and handlers a choice.  Should an organic promotion order be approved by USDA in the future, organic operations would be able to select the promotion order that provides the most benefit for them – the relevant conventional order or the organic order.  This amendment DOES NOT establish an organic order, it only allows the organic industry the same choice that other sectors of agriculture already have to petition USDA.

§  Sponsors:                        Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-D); Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-D)


Title XI Amendment


Amendment:  103 – Adopted

§  Description:  In the amendments made by section 11021, in the paragraph (2) being added by the amendment, relating to a whole farm diversified risk management insurance plan, strike “$1,000,000” and insert “1,250,000”.           

§  Sponsor:                        Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-D)


Title XII Amendments


Amendment:  05 – Adopted

§  Description:  The amendment prevents the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from doing any further work on the GIPSA rulemaking that resulted from the 2008 Farm Bill.  The amendment repeals Section 11006 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, repeals one existing regulation and prohibits issuance of regulations or adoption of similar policies from the proposed rule entitled “Implementation of Regulations Required Under Title XI of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008; Conduct in Violation of the Act” published by the Department of Agriculture on June 22, 2010.

§  Sponsor:                        Rep. K Michael Conaway (TX-R)


Amendment:  26 - Adopted

§  Description:            To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to repeal the USDA program establishing an inspection and grading program for catfish.

§  Sponsor:                        Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-R)


Amendment:  33 - Adopted

§  Description:            The amendment to Title 12 would close a loophole to spectators at animal fighting ventures.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. James McGovern (MA-D)


Amendment:  34 - Adopted

§  Description:            The amendment adds “the products of natural stone” to the list of commodities under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Austin Scott (GA-R)


Amendment:  61 - Adopted

§  Description:            The amendment would restrict the Department of Agriculture from making any governance changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (AR-R)


Amendment:  71 - Adopted

§  Description:            The amendment would reinforce the Commerce Clause by asserting the right of a state to trade agriculture products freely with another state.  Says that one state cannot deny trade of an agricultural product from another state based on that product’s means of production.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Steve King  (IA-R)

Amendment:  73 - Adopted

§  Description:            Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to take action to promote immediate increased flood protection for agricultural interests in the Missouri River basin.  Specifically, directs the Secretary to support recalculation of the amount of storage space within the Missouri River Management system dedicated to flood control, and to support increasing the River’s channel capacity. 

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Steve King  (IA-R)


Amendment:  93 - Adopted

§  Description:            Amends Title XII to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to take actions to promote immediate increased flood protection for the farmers, producers, and agricultural interests around the Wallkill River and in the Black Dirt region.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney  (NY-D)


Failed Amendments


Title I Amendment


Amendment:  56 - Failed

§  Description:             The Amendment would have removed Subtitle D PART I—"DAIRY PRODUCER MARGIN PROTECTION AND DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAMS" and replaced it with a new "Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program". The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of 50 cents.  Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketings, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80 percent at the start of the program and annually thereafter.  Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00).  The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision.

§  Sponsors:              Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-R); Rep. David Scott (GA-D)


Title IV Amendment


Amendment:  43 - Failed

§  Description:            The amendment strikes Sections 4005, 4007, 4017, and 4026 of H.R. 1947.  These four sections would cut $20.5 billon from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

§  Sponsors:            Rep. James McGovern (MA-D); Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-D), Rep. David Scott (GA-D), Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-D), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-D), Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-D), Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-D), Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-D), Rep. Pete P. Gallego (TX-D), Rep. Ann M. Kuster (NH-D), Rep. Richard M. Nolan (MN-D), and Rep. William L. Enyart (IL-D)

Title VI Amendment

Amendment:  39 - Failed

§  Description:            The proposal would direct $50 million in mandatory spending to address the water and wastewater backlog at USDA.  The water and wastewater needs of rural America are immense, and this language is a sharp reduction from the commitments we have made in the years past.  Most of the backlog funding we provide here today would go out as loans that are repaid to the treasury.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-D)


Amendment:  40 - Failed

§  Description:            The proposal would provide $4 million per year in mandatory funding for the Rural Microenterprise Assistance (RMAP), which enables microenterprise development programs and small businesses to rebuild our economy and to strengthen communities on Main Street.  In just two years of operation, the program has funded more than 123 programs in 41 states.  This proposal would ensure that the program continues to meet contracts and obligations already committed to organizations, continues to expand opportunity for rural small businesses.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-D)


Amendment:  47 - Failed

§  Description:            The amendment reauthorizes both the Rural Utility Service (RUS) Broadband and Grant programs.  The amendment also requires that grants can only be made in combination with a loan – up to 10% of the project cost can be awarded as a grant, the entire grant amount must be matched with non-federal dollars, and the remainder (up to 80%) of the project can be paid for with a RUS loan.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Christopher P. Gibson (NY-R)


Title XI Amendment


Amendment:  38 - Failed

§  Description:            The proposal increases the per farm liability limit from $1 million to 1.5 million in the Whole Farm Risk Management Insurance product.  The product covers diversified operations, inkling specialty crops and mixed grain/livestock or dairy operations.  The Congressional Budget Office score[d] this as  a no cost proposal.

§  Sponsor:            Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-D)


Title XII Amendment


Amendment:  101 - Failed

§  Description:            Congressman Jeff Denham’s amendment’s purpose was to limit Congressman’s Steve King’s (IA-R) amendment #71.  The King amendment would reinforce the Commerce Clause by asserting the right of a state to trade agriculture products freely with another state.  Amendment 101 proposed to exempt California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin from the King amendment.

§  Sponsor:                        Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-R)

This summary was compiled by Gary Redding and Spencer Richards, summer legal interns at the Rural Coalition, from information provided by the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and is shared to inform our members and collaborators within the GOAT process.


The “Getting Our Act Together (GOAT) on the Farm Bill” Collaboration, which promotes a fair farm bill with equity and sustainability.


The Rural Coalition, born of the civil rights and anti-poverty rural movements, has worked for 35 years to assure that diverse organizations from all regions, ethnic and racial groups and gender have the opportunity to work in solidarity on the issues that affect them all.  The foundation of this work is strong local, regional and national organizations that work to assure the representation and involvement of every sector of this diverse fabric of rural peoples.


Gary Redding and Spencer Richards
Summer Legal Interns, Rural Coalition
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW Suite 601
Washington, DC 20005


Heather Day, Director
Community Alliance for Global Justice

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