Senate leadership is continuing to work on the Build Back Better plan and want it passed before Christmas. Will Stafford is CHS’s representative in Washington, D.C. and remains skeptical about that timeline. “It sounds like the current iteration is dead on arrival in the Senate and they’ll need to make changes in the Senate to get it done which would have to go back to the House.” Stafford expects the Senate and House agriculture committees to begin farm bill hearings in early-to-mid 2022. The farm bill will ultimately be affected by the mid-term elections. “Depending on who has the gavel will be able to call more of the shots so that will play a role in the ag-versus-nutrition debate and the overall priorities.”
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