Farm Bill work may not begin until mid-February

As lawmakers wait for the House to vote on a new Speaker, ag leaders are eager to work on this year’s Farm Bill.

It could take some time before work begins, though. Lobbyists say the Agriculture Committees must be finalized before hearings can happen, and that could take until the middle of next month.

Congressman Glenn GT Thompson, the next House Ag Committee Chair, will hold a listening session in the coming days to get the ball rolling. The current Farm Bill expires in September, and Thompson says he hopes the Committee can get its side of the Farm Bill settled by summer.