Now that both the U.S. House and Senate have passed their respective versions of the so-called “farm bill,” it appears likely that President Donald Trump will be able to sign the legislation before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current authorization expires in September. Reauthorized every five years, the farm bill is a massive piece of legislation that authorizes funding for all federal food and farm-support programs.

However, the 2018 bill’s path is still far from certain. There are dramatic differences between the House and Senate versions, making it hard to predict what the final product will look like after it makes its way through conference committee. In this environment, crucial investment in agricultural research and development hangs in flux.

[Read the rest of the op-ed over at The Hill]

 

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