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Political Gridlock Over Farm Bill Delays Planting, Financing Major Crops
Congress is back in session in Washington and one of the top items on the ‘to-do list,’ is the Farm Bill. The last Farm Bill expired in September, after being in place for five years and although both the House and Senate have passed new bills, they have yet to be reconciled.
Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers says the uncertainty of the Crop Insurance program is one of the biggest challenges. He says the planting and financing of major crops, like cotton, are being delayed by political gridlock.
"As we look at the world price and we look at worst-case scenario, if China starts dumping cotton on the