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Soybean leader concerned about farm bill in election year

The American Soybean Association’s government affairs director says she’s concerned about how the elections might impact progress on a new farm bill.

Virginia Houston tells Brownfield that good agriculture policy can be delayed or stopped. “There are concerns, of course, of the farm bill becoming a political football much as we saw in 2016 with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That had good momentum to being passed and then that became a talking point in the debate and all of a sudden, it failed, and we don’t want to see that happen to the farm bill.”

Houston says first, Washington must figure out how to fund all government. “The farm bill will linger as long as government funding remains unresolved. We currently have a continuing resolution through early March. Assuming they figure out funding for the rest of the fiscal year which also expires September 30th of 2024,, they’ll turn to the farm bill.”

Houston says American Soybean Association members want to ensure safety net programs like ARC and PLC remain strong, allow voluntary updates for base acres, and increase reference prices.

Audio: Virginia Houston discusses the farm bill and trade with Brownfield’s Larry Lee during the Wisconsin Corn-Soy-Pork Expo.

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