Farm Bill -- As of January 20, it appears that the last great hurdle of completing the farm bill is being resolved. Getting an agreement on dairy policy has held up the farm bill completion for weeks, and finally all of the key players in the debate may have found a way to exit the conflict, embrace a policy and move the farm bill to its conclusion. We will expect the bill to be passed by both Houses and to the President’s desk for signature in early February.
This has been a farm bill like no other. Now it must be defended from opponents who will seek various means and legislative opportunities to attack and undermine it. The battles over sugar policy are never over.
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Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.