A Clear Message: What farmers and the general public in Iowa want with the upcoming Farm Bill

With just three weeks left until the current Farm Bill expires, people are getting antsy about the vital piece of farming legislation.

With just three weeks left until the current Farm Bill expires, people are getting antsy.

Senator Chuck Grassley experienced that overall feeling at the Iowa State Fair and his 99 County Tour this year.

“The message from all these people is very clear: Congress needs to deliver an on-time Farm Bill that provides a safety net for farmers and families,” said. Sen. Grassley.

The chair and ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee were supposed to put pen to paper during the August work period.

“Now that Congress has returned to Washington, it’s time to get down to business and move through the committee and for processes,” Grassley said. “We have to start seeing some text very soon.”

Sen. Grassley said this year has been particularly challenging for producers in his state due to drought. The latest monitor shows that is still the case for the area, with drought conditions actually worsening in the Midwest this week due to temperatures being up ten degrees than normal.

Those increasing temperatures have led to more than half of the nation’s topsoil in need of moisture, which is the greatest coverage at this time of year in almost a decade.

While Hurricane Idalia brought between five and 10 inches of rain to parts of the East Coast, there are still some abnormally dry patches in the storm’s path.

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