Congressman Johnson discuss the Farm Bill that cleared the House Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C.(DRGNews)- The House Agriculture Committee has passed their version of the next five-year farm bill, but Congressional leaders are less than hopeful the bill will get across the finish line before a new fall deadline.

South Dakota U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson is one of the six main authors of the House version of the “Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024.” He says the bill includes several things he heard while holding listening sessions in South Dakota.

Johnson says the Rural Development Title includes rural broadband.

On the conservation side, Johnson says there’s growing awareness of the need for working lands conservation.

Another priority area for Johnson is having strong markets for the country’s agriculture products.

Johnson says about 80% of the farm bill’s price tag goes to nutrition programs.

So far, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hasn’t given any indication of when they may getting moving on their version of the farm bill.