Battle lines drawn as farm bill proposals take shape

By Marc Heller | 05/14/2024 06:36 AM EDT

House Agriculture Chair Glenn Thompson’s detailed policy outline shows some overlap with — and sharp differences from — Democrats’ approach

G.T. Thompson walks down the hall of the Capitol on his cell phone.

House Agriculture Chair Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) on Capitol Hill. Thompson will mark up his long-awaited farm bill next week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Congress appears headed toward a partisan collision course in the 2025 farm bill, after House Agriculture Chair Glenn Thompson outlined priorities that are likely to repel many Democrats.

Battle lines on the five-year legislation came into sharper focus with Thompson’s title-by-title summary that would ditch the climate-change focus of some conservation programs and seek to revamp low-income nutrition programs.

Thompson (R-Pa.) also proposed expanding some forest-thinning and timber harvesting policies at the Forest Service, a potentially tough sell with congressional Democrats more aligned with environmental groups.


Thompson defended his approach as even-handed in a Congress with razor-thin margins and said he’d taken pains to make the bill as broadly appealing as he could.