National Editor Tom Karst
National Editor Tom Karst

The farm bill hangs in the balance, with a long list of amendments and election year politics working against it but very strong and veteran members of Congress pushing for it.

Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Democrats and Republicans are working to slim down the list of the many amendments that vie to be considered in the farm bill debate.

"We are proud of the way we have come together in a bipartisan way that actually cuts the deficits by over $23 billion and creates real reforms," she said hopefully.

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association sent an email this afternoon urging members to call their senators and warning the next 24 hours are critical in moving the bill forward.

Here is a list of amendments introduced June 12 and June 11

It may do little good to go through the list with a fine tooth comb before it is known what amendments will actually see air time on the Senate floor.


Changing gears, check out the poll question on the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group:

How is the produce industry changed in the past 30 years in respect to racial discrimination/sexual harassment issues in the work place?

So far, most have indicated "about the same." What is your experience with the issue? There are interesting U.S. and international perspectives in the comments. Please join the group and add your voice!