Indiana experts reflect on the stalemate in Congress over the Farm Bill, and look to the bill's future next year.
Legislators have largely agreed to cut back on direct payments to farmers, but they disagree on whether to cut food stamps.
The Farm Bill expires today, and if Congress passes the proposed new bill, would eliminate some of the direct payments to farmers.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman is no longer an assistant whip because he advocated for splitting the Farm Bill into an agricultural and a food stamp bill.
While Sen. Dan Coats supports the legislation that came out of the House of Representatives, Sen. Joe Donnelly does not think it will pass the Senate.
After Congress failed to pass a new version of the farm bill, Purdue agriculture economists say they expect another farm bill extension.
Senator Joe Donnelly emphasized the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that provides help to the agriculture community while reducing the deficit.
Don Villwock says farmers found some relief in the bill that was passed to avert the fiscal cliff, but a comprehensive farm bill still needs to be adopted.
If a new farm bill does not pass by Jan. 13, federal price supports revert to a "parity pricing" system created in the Truman Administration.
With 71 percent of Indiana’s corn crop rated in poor to very poor condition, farmers are looking for whatever help they can get.