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New farm bill on back burner

Long-term measure to replace 2008 version faces obstacles

11:18 PM, Jan. 25, 2013
While some weigh in on the side of optimists, the realities of Congress make the prospects for adoption of a new farm bill within the next eight months uncertain at best. At the top of the congressional agenda are fiscal matters ? spending cuts mandated by last year's debt ceiling deal, a new debt limit debate and a 2013 budget.
While some weigh in on the side of optimists, the realities of Congress make the prospects for adoption of a new farm bill within the next eight months uncertain at best. At the top of the congressional agenda are fiscal matters ? spending cuts mandated by last year's debt ceiling deal, a new debt limit debate and a 2013 budget.
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Wisconsin Farm Bureau President James Holte points out farmers are nothing if not optimistic.

"We're optimistic by nature," Holte said. "Without that, we wouldn't be growing food as we do."

And that explains in part why he remains positive about the prospects of Congress passing a new multiyear farm bill before the current extension of the 2008 bill runs out on Sept. 30. ...

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