A Waiting Game

I see a lot of reports on the farm bill and speculation about when it will be finished. I read an article today that quoted U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., saying it could be done this week. Doubtful.

If it’s not food stamps, it’s dairy policy; if it’s not crop insurance, it’ll be issues with implementing the Packers and Stockyards Act. Something will cause a divide. Something always does.

Agweek’s Washington correspondent tells me — from right in the thick of the action — that we won’t have a farm bill until February.

So hang in there.

We’ve been playing this fruitless game for years now. Extension? New bill? What will we get? I’m tired of it, as are you, and I’ve heard too many politicians say it’s right around the corner; it’ll be done this week, month. So I’m done listening to them.

What do you think? How are you dealing with it in your business? Email me (lgibson@agweek.com) about what exactly has frustrated you personally with this utter failure in Congress to come up with legislation for the industry that keeps food on our tables.

I want to hear what you have to say and the rest of our readers do, too.

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