Farm bill field hearings are expected to begin in the second half of next year. With it being an election year, agriculture committee leadership could change midstream. With the current margins in Congress, agricultural lobbyist James Callan anticipates a change in the majority. “Of course, we’re 11 months away, but historically, in the midterm election of a president’s first term, his party loses seats,” said Callan. “Some times it goes the other way, but very infrequently. With more retirements from Democrats than Republicans and other numbers I’ve seen, it appears the Republicans are poised to retake the House.” Callan, who participated in the Prairie Grains Conference, said input costs and supply chain issues are the biggest concerns he’s hearing from farmers.
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