Mixed feelings about farm bill timeliness

Some ag leaders say it’s critical that the 2023 Farm Bill is passed on time to ensure producers have adequate risk management programs.

USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small tells Brownfield lawmakers need to act fast. “It is crucial that we invest in our farmers,” she said. “We’re going to continue to provide the technical support as Congress makes the discussions that they have.”

Wisconsin Ag Secretary Randy Romanski says the clock is ticking. “It’s really important that there not be a break,” Romanski said. “We need some continuity and some certainty for farm country about having something in place.”

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says optimism is fading. “What we are now realizing is it’s probably going to take even longer than we had initially hoped or thought,” Naig said.

The current farm bill expires September 30th.

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