Senate ag committee votes to restore energy funding in Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee marked up the 2012 Farm Bill on April 26 and approved a new version by a vote of 16 to 5 that includes an amendment introduced by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Dick Lugar, R-Ind., to restore funding for the Farm Bill’s energy title programs. Nine other committee members signed on to co-sponsor the Conrad-Lugar proposal, which provides $800 million to fund core energy programs through fiscal year 2017.