Kansas Senator Pat Roberts will serve on the panel working to resolve differences in the farm bills approved by the U.S. House and Senate.
"As a conferee, I will continue to work to protect direct payments, the only commodity title program that provides direct assistance to producers when they have no crop to harvest," Roberts said in a statement. "I am also going to work to ensure that the crop insurance program remains intact as a solid program that our producers and their lenders can count on. Furthermore, I will continue to work for opportunities that allow our livestock producers to effectively market their products. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
Each congressional chamber passed a version of the five-year
farm bill last year, but a final version has been stalled over a
veto threat from the White House.
The Bush administration opposes tax provisions intended to boost
revenues for farm programs. The White House also wants a final bill to ban subsidies to farmers whose gross income averages more than $200,000 a year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.