House Speaker Mike Johnson’s plan to avoid a government shutdown includes an extension of the current farm bill by one year. The four leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committee Committees released a statement Sunday saying they were able to come together to avoid a funding lapse for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty for farmers and ranchers. The Democratic and Republican leaders of the ag committees said this extension is not a substitute for passing a five-year farm bill and they remain committed to getting it done next year. Seventeen pages of the 32-page continuing resolution focused on the farm bill extension.
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