A lot on the to-do list in a farm bill year

A U.S. Congressman from Missouri says a new farm bill is on the to-do list once lawmakers return from a state work period in mid-April.

And Mark Alford tells Brownfield “we’re going to need a week, at least, on the floor to get a farm bill done for this Congressional session. GT Thompson wants to do committee work when we return. I think that’s optimistic, I’m hoping we do that and the next step would be getting the floor time.”

Alford says getting floor time for the farm bill might be a challenge before August.

“When we get back, we’ll only have a few months. We’re also going to work on the appropriations bills for fiscal year 2025 which we need to start on immediately if we want to do things as we should and getting them passed before we get done in August.”

Alford says there are several ideas being considered in the next farm bill, including a reference price update, and lawmakers will continue searching for additional money to make that happen.

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