Grassley talks farm bill timing as possibility of extension grows

The possibility of a one-year extension grows as farm bill negotiations run deeper into the summer.

On a call with reporters this morning, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said he asked Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow about timing right before the July 4th recess.

“She thought we might not get the bill done by September 30th, which is the deadline. But we would get it done before the end of the year. So that prompted my next question to her, did she think we would need a one-year extension of the present farm bill?”

He says Stabenow doesn’t think so.

“So she’s speaking with considerable power and authority in this area to think that we’re going to get a five-year bill done before the end of the year.”

Grassley calls December 31st the “drop dead date” for the new farm bill because farmers will need to know what the programs are before the start of the next calendar year.

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