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Is a farm bill passable in 2024?

An ag policy expert says he doesn’t anticipate Congress passing a farm bill this year even after the House Ag Committee advanced legislation.

Michigan State University’s Alan Ker tells Brownfield farm bills are more difficult to pass during election years and ag committee members still appear to be wedded to partisan divides.

“There’s a great deal of distance between the two, which makes me less than optimistic that a farm bill is going to get done this year, but I hope I’m wrong,” he says.

Michigan Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Counsel John Kran says he’s optimistic Congress can overcome their differences.

“I think as people travel home and hear from constituents, they’re going to hear that we need to get a farm bill done,” he says. “We need the certainty in the agriculture community. And there’s definitely an opportunity, a window of time to get things done yet this year.”

Kerr says the $1.5 trillion farm bill still has a long way to go in the coming months before the current extension expires on September 30th.

Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow says key parts of the House version of the farm bill split lawmakers in a way that makes it impossible to get the votes needed for the legislation to pass.

AUDIO: Alan Ker, Michigan State University

AUDIO: John Kran, Michigan Farm Bureau

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