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Vilsack says there will be no farm bill extension

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In an exclusive one on one conversation with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got the nitty gritty on two major topics waiting on Congress to return from their August recess — Immigration reform and the Farm Bill.

With the August recess almost over, many in agriculture are keenly focused on getting things done in Congress after September’s arrival. That group includes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. At the top of that list for Vilsack, is the farm bill. The current farm bill extension expires at the end of September.

There are a number of implications with continued inaction on the farm bill, Vilsack said. One of those looming challenges is an ongoing trade dispute with Brazil.

“Brazil won a case with the WTO which means that they can retaliate, if they so desire, against American goods and services to the tune of perhaps $850 million a year.… Continue reading

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