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AFBF looks forward to farm bill by year end

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AUDIO: Dale Moore, American Farm Bureau Federation

I’m Ken Root in Washington D.C. for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual Washington Watch event

We had our first day of discussions yesterday with associations and lobbying groups. The buzz around here is on tariffs, renewable fuels and farm legislation.

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) vice president of public affairs Dale Moore believes this farm bill will pass before year’s end, but not without a partisan fight.

“My confidence is in the leadership we have on both sides of the aisle, and frankly, both sides of the Hill: on the House and Senate Ag Committees. They’re going to sort these issues out and we’re going to get a farm bill done. I’m confident it’s going to be a good farm bill that gets done on time,” Moore said.

“We’re going to have some excitement getting the nutrition title sorted out, particularly in the House side,” Moore said. “I think we can get to the House floor here soon, the first or second week of May is a possibility. The so called partisanship, the differences in opinion are going to get sorted out,” Moore said.

Moore used terms like “rodeo” and “fight” as he predicted the future debate. Additional comments can be heard in the program below.

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Dale Moore started with Senate Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) when he was House Chair, ahead of the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill. Moore is still optimistic that nutrition and farm programs can live in the same house.

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