Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss appeared on the AgriTalk Radio Show with Mike Adams and spoke out on a number of topics ranging from World Trade Organization negotiations and the Farm Bill to problems at the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

  • Budget (2.2 MB, 9 minutes, .wma file) – Chambliss said he will continue to oppose budget cuts for agriculture and said he would not rule out extension of the current farm bill until WTO negotiations are completed.
  • Disaster (446K, 1:47 minutes, .wma file)  – The Chairman said he is still working towards a farm disaster bill and he expects a package to be approved soon.
  • Animal ID (622K, 2:30 minutes, .wma file) – Privacy is very much a concern for livestock producers as a national animal ID program is built.  Chambliss said privacy will be addressed, but it might take some time.
  • Estate Tax (305K, 1:12 minutes, .wma file) – Chambliss acknowledged that tax reform is a top priority of the Senate this session, but the result might be a mixed bag.  He said he does expect to see an extension of the capital gains reforms, but there will not likely be a full repeal of the estate tax.  Instead, Chambliss said a compromise will likely bring a three to five million dollar exemption.
  • GIPSA (504K, 2:01 minutes, .wma file) – Chambliss spoke out on inspection reports that were highly critical of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
  • WRDA (460K, 1:50 minutes, .wma file) – Chambliss said the Senate will move forward towards passage of the Water Resources Development Act that would provide for upgrades to the lock and dam systems on the Mississippi River. (11:52 minutes, 2.9 MB, .wma file)

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Source: AgriTalk