Several barriers stand in the way before the passage of the next Farm Bill. From pandemic fallout and political turbulence to attention on climate shifts and weather disasters, it’s likely other issues will remain in the limelight before a farm bill can be considered. Supply chain challenges still lingering from COVID-19 will influence policymaking as lawmakers determine whether policies should focus on present emergencies over long-term handling of similar emergencies in the future. And as political polarization continues, all eyes are on the House and Senate and which party will hold the seats after the next election.

Many also argue that climate change and weather disasters will be influencing emergency disaster assistance, crop insurance and farm programs in 2023 and beyond.

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