The intensely debated Farm Bill, which governs agriculture and food policy for the federal government, may escape close scrutiny this year. Ordinarily, the Congressional Agriculture Committee debates the five-year spending plan with input from lobbyists. But this year the omnibus spending bill is being presented to the national deficit reduction supercommittee — and that may mean it goes to a vote in Congress without the possibility for amendments.
Craig Cox, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources with the Environmental Working Group
Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of Congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation