Farmers growing pessimistic about the chances of a farm bill


The group of Minnesota farmers who flew to Washington this week to talk with members of Congress about the importance of a new farm bill are headed home discouraged.

The Star Tribune reports that it appears unlikely that farmers will see anything more than an expansion of current farm legislation heads for its expiration at the end of September. Those who went to Washington were hoping to convince politicians of the importance of a long term solution to farm policy.

Minnesota Congressman Rep. Collin Peterson is the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee. Peterson says that he isn't sure how the bill can get done.

Peterson helped to push a new farm bill forward in June, only to have the measure defeated in the House. The House eventually did pass a farm bill, but it stripped out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and is vastly different from the Senate version.

According to Politico House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says it will take big ideas and more outside of the box thinking to get the bill passed.

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