One of the biggest issues to solve in farm country is the farm bill, and leaders in the House and Senate Agricultural Committees say they are committed to finishing the legislation this year.
According to Mary Kay Thatcher, senior lead of federal government relations with Syngenta, 80 percent of the bill is causing a hold up.
“The biggest issue that we had in the 2014 Farm Bill was nutrition food stamp programs, and that’s probably going to be the big issue for quite a long time,” she said on AgDay. “If we do too much reform, we won’t have the votes to pass it, so a very fine line to figure out.”
In February, there was $800 million in funding awarded to cotton and dairy producers that ended the government shut down.
Thatcher says if progress isn’t made soon, the chances of finishing a farm bill in 2018 will continue to shrink.