Some pundits predict that the 2012 farm bill may not be dealt with until Congress returns for its lame-duck session in November.
But as Iowa Senator Charles Grassley points out, that would present problems for farmers in the southern U.S.
“The problem isn’t so much if it gets done in November or September, for us in the North,” Grassley says. “But in the South, it’s very important that they know what the farm safety net is as they make plans for farming next year—and they make those plans about three months earlier than we do in the North.
“So it’s a problem for southern agriculture.”
Grassley says his best case scenario is for the new farm bill to be passed before the current bill expires on September 30th. The next best option, he says, is a one-year extension of current farm policy.