Will Congress pass a farm bill this year – and does it matter?  Illinois Farm Bureau President Phillip Nelson says the industry would be better off with new farm legislation in place. “I still believe if we can address the food and nutrition program at some level, which I think is gonna be difficult, if we can keep crop insurance whole, we streamline the conservations from 23 to 13 to make those more efficient, I think you’re still better off to have a farm bill,” Nelson said Monday in a news conference at the Illinois Farm Bureau convention in Chicago.
 
The matter is in the hands of a conference committee in Washington, which reported progress last week.
 
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