There are 535 members of Congress and 230 of them have never voted on a farm bill. After spending time on Capitol Hill, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association President Neil Rockstad said it is an even split. “For half of them, they’re pretty confident we’re going to get a farm bill done on time and half of them are thinking we might have to extend this because there’s a lot of work to do between now and passage of farm bill,” said Rockstad. “I think the farm bill in itself is on sound footing. I think the biggest hiccup with passing of farm bill is going to be external politics.” Rockstad, who farms in Ada, Minnesota, said the no-cost sugar program is welcome news for the many of the new lawmakers.
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