FARMING BILLS: Vilsack Urging Approval

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Iowa farmers can’t seem to catch a break. They’re facing challenges from both the weather and Congress.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says Congress is failing farmers by dragging its feet on two important bills.

Vilsack met with Iowa business leaders and faculty at Iowa State University, Friday morning.

He again called on Congress to approve a new 5-year farm bill. The current bill expires at the end of September.

Vilsack also claimed crops are being left to rot in the field because Congress can’t agree on an immigration reform bill.

“We have 1.1 million people employed in ag related activities and the sad reality today is farmers who aren’t harvesting what they planted because they don’t have enough hands to conduct the harvest.”