Downturn in farm economy complicating new farm bill efforts

As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the era of President Donald Trump.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the era of President Donald Trump.

Roberts, chairman of the Senate agriculture committee, was in Kansas on Thursday for group’s first field hearing in Manhattan for the 2018 Farm Bill. He and U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, a fellow Republican who recently regained for the state a seat on the House agricultural committee, talked to constituents a day earlier about worries over the farm economy.

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