In reviewing the farm bill, Texas A&M University Extension Economist Dr. Joe Outlaw says the new bill is positive for agriculture. “While this new bill doesn’t have any dramatic changes, it takes the existing programs and makes them as good as they can be for producers.” Getting a farm bill completed in an election year isn’t an easy task. Now, the focus shifts to education on the bill and how USDA interprets the language. “What’s very clear to me may not be how USDA interprets it. A lot of that can get fixed over time,” says Outlaw. “The good news is there appears to be plenty of time to get that done.”
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