Vilsack on Farm Bill Extension: There’s no reason why this can’t be done early next year
As more lawmakers call for a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, Secretary Tom Vilsack is not sure that needs to happen. On a recent call with reporters, he said he believes the new Farm Bill can get done sooner rather than later.
“There’s no reason why this can’t be done early in 2024. If there’s the will to do so in Congress, I think the challenge will continue to be how some of the changes that members of Congress seek within the farm bill can be paid for. We think that there are some creative ways to approach those challenges, and we would encourage Congress to consider them as quickly as possible, and get it done as quickly as possible.”
Just recently, Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, David Scott, said he believes a one-year extension is the responsible thing to do. He says it will allow farmers and ranchers to operate with some level of certainty.