Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says it is still possible to get a farm bill done yet this year. But to do it, she says members need to work together “on a bipartisan basis”. She says that if full cooperation is realized, “we can absolutely get this done.”

But the collaboration is easier said than done in 2024’s political climate. Stabenow also says reference prices have been a sticking point. The Congressional Budget Office must still review ongoing efforts, which often leads to revised baselines and program details, according to Stabenow. At the very least, she says the Senate can extend the 2018 farm bill as a baseline until a more tangible new farm bill comes to fruition.

Read more on farm bill progress here.