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About two-thirds of a bipartisan group of around 50 lobbyists said this week they expect Congress not to finish the farm bill until 2019 and think that it will spend 10% below the current legislation.

The lobbyists had attended an event Wednesday dubbed “Bipartisan Opportunities for the 2018 Farm Bill and Beyond” sponsored by AGree, a foundation-sponsored organization whose motto is “transforming food and ag policy.”

Members of a panel discussed issues on which AGree has worked in the past year. The attendees were asked questions at the end of the event and texted their answers.

The forum was just one of multiple efforts as groups pitch their ideas for the next farm bill. Leaders of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture are also in Washington this week and released a list of priorities for the farm bill. NASDA listed seven major areas to seek “enhanced funding” that range from trade promotion to dealing with invasive species.

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