Peterson forecasts farm bill scenarios


Leaders of the House and Senate Ag committees faced some criticism while trying to craft a farm bill for the Super Committee because of their behind-the-scenes negotiations.  Since the Super Committee missed its deadline for negotiating a deficit reduction plan, the farm bill may now be debated under regular order next year.

On Thursday, House Ag Committee ranking member Colin Peterson spoke to a joint meeting of American Crystal Sugar and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association through a video link from Washington, D.C.  Peterson defended agriculture’s efforts to address the nation’s budget deficit.

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Although the situation is still very fluid, Peterson says work on the farm bill could resume in early February.

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Peterson says the goal would be to complete work on the farm bill by May – and the sooner – the better.  Peterson is concerned that politics will muddy the process ahead of the November elections.