Could this be the last farm bill?

Published online: Jul 18, 2013
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Dr. Carl Zulauf, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State University, says that even with all the talk of splitting the farm bill, he wouldn't go as far as to say this could be the last farm bill.

He bases that on past history, when consensus was also hard to reach.

"I'm thinking principally of the 1950s and 60s where we perpetually extended existing legislation for a year or two," said Zulauf.

In other words, it takes time to build consensus for major changes.

"This would be true for the SNAP program, this would be true for the farm price support programs," Zulauf said.