Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

U.S. House And Senate Back To Work On Farm Bill

Both the U.S. House and Senate are back to work, and the Farm Bill is tops on the "to-do" list. The last five-year Farm Bill expired in September 2013, and although the House and Senate have passed new bills, they have yet to be reconciled. Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers says one of the biggest challenges facing farmers is the uncertainly of the Crop Insurance program. He says the political gridlock is delaying planting and financing decisions for major crops such as cotton.
 
Rogers says Congress needs to finish the Farm Bill within the next couple of weeks to avoid economic disruption, but he believes they are, in his words, "very close to getting this thing done." Agriculture contributes $12 billion dollars a year to the Arizona economy.

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