The farm bill is on the back burner until Congress can finalize the appropriations process. After that, election season politics may get in the way. “I do think it will be difficult to get done before the election and after the election, if you can tell me who is in charge of the Senate or who is president and I’ll tell you if I think the farm bill can get done right away,” said Joe Outlaw, economist, Texas A&M University. During stops at the Northern Pulse Growers Association Convention and the NDSU Crop Insurance Conference, Outlaw predicted farm bill passage won’t happen until 2025. Outlaw is also the co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center and works closely with Congress on farm policy.
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