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We Need a Farm Bill Now


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Passing a Farm Bill is of critical importance. I am extremely concerned about the fact that Congress is likely to adjourn without reauthorizing a Farm Bill, and there is a chance it will not even be extended through the elections. This is not right.

We need a comprehensive bill. But failing to even pass an extension will add to further uncertainty for farmers and rural communities as they are harvesting and getting ready for next year. I think it is wrong for Congress to be adding to the burdens that farming, ranching and producing families are already facing in the wake of the extreme drought and last year's flooding.

The Senate passed their farm bill in June. Members of the House of Representatives should not let pathological partisanship keep both parties from coming together, crunching the numbers and coming up with a compromise. And, I believe, this must be done now. The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th.

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