Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nationthis week to discuss the short-term farm bill provisions that Congress passed last week. Vilsack said the nine-month extension leaves farmers with uncertainty.
“I think farmers are expressing some frustration about the fact that they were close to getting a five-year program that would have been comprehensive, that would have had a series of reforms, that would have assisted in dealing with the fiscal challenges the country is faced with,” said Vilsack. “They’re now faced with uncertainty in terms of what the policies are going to be, and they’re faced with uncertainty in terms of how much support there will actually be once a five-year bill is ultimately passed by Congress.”
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