AFBF is optimistic that a new farm bill will be in place by the end of 2018. Andrew Walmsley, AFBF director of congressional relations, explained in a recent Newsline that post-election comments by several leaders in both chambers of Congress, including the presumed incoming House Ag Committee Chair, Collin Peterson, are encouraging.
“We had to get past the election to figure out a few issues outstanding,” Walmsley said. “When members are back in town, all the work that committee staff have done to get us to this point, a few decisions can be made, and we can move pretty quickly.”
Farm Bureau is hearing that farm bill negotiations are getting close to wrapping up. If negotiators can wrap up the few remaining challenges, Walmsley said there should be no problem passing the bill before the end of the year.