Before the farm bill can advance, Congress needs to finish the appropriations process. There are many competing forces. “They’re dealing with this border problem, which is a priority; they’re off campaigning a lot so they’re not in town nearly as much,” said Luther Markwart, executive vice president/CEO, American Sugarbeet Growers Association. “The amount of legislative days is less than you would have in a regular year.” Markwart feels the House Agriculture Committee is motivated to move the bill in March or April, but time has become an issue. “Part of the issue is the (budget) baseline and if you get to May and you don’t have a farm bill close to being done and you get a new baseline with less money for agriculture, that doesn’t help us.”
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