Local producers worry as farm bill expiration date nears

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Updated: 8/14/2013 5:46 am
With Congress on leave for their August recess, the current farm bill expiration date, Sept. 30, is simply moving closer. 

Area producers are worried to say the least. John Maguire, the Washington representative for the National Cotton Council, told members of the Ginner's Association that time is running out for Congress to get legislation in place, including a 2014 crop insurance plan, so producers can plan ahead. 

"I think that everybody is a little concerned about Washington's inability to sort of get together and make some common sense decisions," Maguire said. "They've been going year to year and that's not the best way to go about this. I think everybody agrees that we need a good, comprehensive farm bill, and we need to get it done as quickly as possible."

Maguire said our local representatives are doing their jobs to help get new farm policy in place by Oct. 1. 
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