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Low net farm income among issues for ‘challenging’ farm bill

State peanut association executives say the support of their congressional delegations will be critical for writing the new law.

Don Koehler says the fact that net farm income has fallen to half of what it was four years ago will make writing the 2018 farm bill a “challenge.” That and the fact no new money is available for funding the legislation, according to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.

Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, was one of four state peanut association executives, who gave their assessment of the climate for writing the next farm bill at the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual meeting in Sandestin, Fla., in a panel discussion moderated by Bob Redding, the Washington representative for the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and other national groups.

All four executives – Koehler, Ken Barton of the Florida Peanut Producers Association; Malcolm Broome of the Mississippi Peanut Growers, and Caleb Bristow of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association – agree the new farm bill will be a challenge.But they all believe they have the support of their state’s congressional delegations and of Rep. Mike Conaway, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, to help make the law a reality.

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