As the government shutdown leaves lawmakers just nine days before default, the farm bill has been pushed aside temporarily. But permanent law will take effect in January, and with it comes costly price supports that are incompatible with modern production levels.
Senior Policy Analyst with the Iowa Corn Growers Association Amanda De Jong says once more urgent matters are resolved, a House-Senate farm bill conference will meet little resistance.
De Jong says it appears that before the shutdown, that the Senate renamed its conferees, and the House is ready to go.
Beyond conferees, Congress managed to rejoin the only farm bill and nutrition bill.
"They married the two bills back up [in] the farm bill," De Jong says, "the conference negotiations are really ready for prime time and ready to begin.