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Congress needs to pass a new farm bill and fast or risk putting U.S. farmers in financial jeopardy as they need to decide on how much winter wheat to plant and how much to spend on corn and soybean seeds, plus make other decisions critical to American food production, a number of farming experts said this week.
With the current package of farm bill programs due to expire September 30, the chorus of voices from the countryside demanding action by lawmakers is growing louder.
However, even these farm experts acknowledge that passage before September 30 appears unlikely because of election year politics and a deeply divided Congress
"We are pushing Congress to get it done in September," said Dana Peterson, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers. "But the likelihood of that is pretty slim. The likelihood before the election (in November) is pretty slim."