House Ag Committee member has mixed feelings about farm bill extension

A House Ag Committee member has mixed feelings about extending the farm bill.

Minnesota Republican Brad Finstad tells Brownfield an extension signals certainty to farmers and ranchers.

“The 2018 Farm Bill was a great farm bill, and for it to be extended I think provides that security and certainty to farm country.”

Ag Committee leadership in the U.S. House and Senate recently called for a one-year extension of the current farm bill.

He says that feels like kicking the can down the road and delays tweaks producers have been calling for.

“Things like reference prices, updating and expanding and enhancing crop insurance, looking at some of the foreign animal disease and trade programs.”

But Finstad says an extension could clear the runway for negotiators to roll up their sleeves and get a new farm bill done early next year.

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