Senate names farm bill negotiators

The Senate’s nine farm bill negotiators include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wants the legislation finalized next month, as well as a Democrat facing a tough re-election race this fall, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

The slate of four Democrats announced Wednesday includes Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who also is seeking re-election in November, along with the Senate Agriculture Committee’s ranking member, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and former Agriculture Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

In addition to McConnell, the five Republican conferees include Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas, John Boozman of Arkansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Source: Agri Pulse