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IFB President encouraged by House farm bill movement

The Illinois Farm Bureau president says passage of a new farm bill is still possible this year.  

Brian Duncan tells Brownfield the House bill has some positives.

“Encouraging in this farm bill, we see some increase in reference prices and some modernization that reflect inflation.”  He says, “We see a fix to the question of interstate commerce that was raised by Prop. 12 in California. And so, there’s a lot to like here.”

Despite the positive momentum, he says there’s still a lot of work to do.

“Certainly has some challenges with how some of the things are paid for; the nutrition title, the funding; all of those things are challenges for both the right and the left. So, a pathway forward, I guess down the middle, if you will, gets harder and harder to find these days.”

Duncan says the House move is a good first step.

“So I don’t want to be too pessimistic. I want… I’m trying to be realistic here.”  He says, “This needed to move. It needed to happen so that negotiations and discussions can continue between the Democrats and the Republicans in the House and now also between the House and the Senate.”

But he says official language and movement is still needed from the U.S. Senate, and the shrinking legislative calendar adds to the challenge.

The current farm bill extension expires at the end of September.

AUDIO: Illinois Farm Bureau president Brian Duncan

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