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December 30, 2013

Look Back at Agriculture's 2013

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It’s that time of year when we mull over what happened over the last 12 months. American Farm Bureau’s chief economist Bob Young takes a look back at the big news for U.S. agriculture in 2013 in this story from AFBF’s Johnna Miller.
Miller:2013 was a mixed bag for U.S. agriculture. On the economic front, farmers and ranchers did pretty well.
Young:Folks were able to market and sell their 2013 crop in many cases at some pretty good prices. And so the combination of good prices and then also a pretty good crop in 2013, actually financially made 2013 for a lot of producers a pretty good year, one of our better years in some time.
Miller:But American Farm Bureau chief economist Bob Young says politically things did not go quite as well.
Young:We haven’t pushed the farm bill, for example, over the finish line. We haven’t pushed the Water Resources Development Act over the finish line. We haven’t pushed immigration reform over the finish line, but you know we’re kind of right there in the red zone, so to speak, on at least a couple of those.
Miller:Young says he expects Congress to pass WRDA and the farm bill in the first quarter of 2014. But he expects immigration to be more of a challenge.
Young:Frankly when you look at almost any other group in the country that’s trying to deal with Congress and trying to get legislation moved through, to be able to say you've got two out of three as close as we do, I think, is a real accomplishment.
Miller:Johnna Miller, Washington.

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