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Optimism for the farm bill persists despite obstacles

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Despite obstacles, there is still hope that a farm bill can be accomplished this year, despite the ongoing budget battle in Congress. House Agriculture Committee member Eric Sorenson emphasizes the importance of resolving the budget issue first before focusing on the farm bill. He remains optimistic about the possibility of pushing through a farm bill by the September deadline, highlighting the need to improve upon existing policies rather than completely rewriting them.

Fellow House Agriculture Committee member, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski, echoes the sentiment that congressional leaders are keen on getting a farm bill passed. She praises Chairman Thompson for his efforts and mentions discussions with Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, emphasizing the importance of completing the bill before the end of the year.

The current farm bill extension is set to expire at the end of September, adding urgency to the need for progress and cooperation in Congress. Despite the challenges, there is a sense of determination and optimism among lawmakers to push through and enact legislation that will benefit the agricultural sector.

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