Farm bill frustrations

The vice president of Minnesota Farm Bureau is frustrated by the lack of progress on a new farm bill.

Carolyn Olson says the process is at a standstill until the U.S. House approves a new Speaker.

“We had hoped that there would be a farm bill done by the end of the year, and we’re hoping that can still happen. But you know, we’re starting to worry a little bit.”

She tells Brownfield lawmakers cannot allow key farm bill programs to expire at the end of the year.

“Putting an extension on is kind of kicking the can down the road. There are a lot of price updates that would be very helpful, especially with softened crop prices. It’s kind of frustrating.”

And the southwest Minnesota organic crop and livestock producer suggests that feeling is widespread.

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