The farm bill seems like it might become a victim of yet another 'continuing resolution' until the auctioning of elected officials' votes is done, giving a broader meaning to the term 'sale barn.' The latest best guess from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) is final action won't happen until late January. In fact, the committee meeting is not expected to happen until at least January 27.
To fully understand who stands for what, though, is it time to break up the farm bill again and redefine what goes into each container? Do we need one bill to manage price volatility, another to protect nature, etc. etc. etc.? Or if we have to accept that Washington is incapable of passing one bill after several years of wrangling, is offering up half-a-dozen in its place a fool's errand?
By the way, that promised Monday morning pickup? It usually doesn't happen until Monday afternoon.