Agricultural leaders across Illinois eyeing expiring federal Farm Bill seek more certainty concerning its renewal

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Several local agricultural leaders across Illinois – and particularly in Springfield – are wanting more certainty as
the deadline for a federal bill gets close to six months before expiration.

Last year, the Farm Bill was set to expire, as it was the end of its five-year lifespan. Congress ended up renewing the 2018 law with a one-year extension while the House and Senate Agriculture Committee continues to debate the next version
of the bill.

The Farm Bill is a piece of federal legislation that helps farmers with disaster protection, farm loans, and safety net programs. The current version of the bill is set to expire on September 30.

Meanwhile, Rep. Nikki Budzinski did meet with several members of her Agricultural Advisory committee in Monticello Friday morning; she has noted that she’s hoping for bipartisan support to pass the farm bill.

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