Divided Congress leaves 2023 Farm Bill picture unclear

What does a divided Congress mean for the 2023 Farm Bill.

“I’m not a betting man, but if I was, I would not be placing a bet on a farm bill passing in September of 2023.”

Ethan Lane with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association tells Brownfield he expects nutrition spending in the farm bill to be heavily scrutinized, “That’s going to be a tough sell for a lot of those newly minted conservative members of Congress that are coming to rein in spending. Some of them have been fairly declarative with us that they don’t plan to vote for a farm bill, period. That is going to be a really tough dynamic.”

Syngenta’s Mary Kay Thatcher says the price tag for 2023 Farm Bill could be a potential sticking point, “They’re projecting this one to be $1.3 trillion. I mean, I get lost, everybody in Washington anymore gets lost when we’re talking millions or billions, I mean the numbers just get thrown around, but nobody gets lost on trillion, that’s a lot of money.”

Brownfield Meghan Grebner spoke with Lane and Thatcher at the 2022 National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting in Kansas City.

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