NEWTON, Kansas-- Congress has struggled to reach a deal on the farm bill and tonight there's still no end in sight.
Kansas farmers say a deal needs to be reached before the pressing New Year deadline.
"We need a farm bill," said Norm Oeding, Kansas farmer. "We also need a farm bill that addresses concerns for all farmers including the smallest farmers."
Norm Oeding isn't the only one speaking up about the farm bill concerns at this year's Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference in Newton.
"It's probably across the board with all the farm organization and farmers," said Mary Fund, Program Director for the Kansas Rural Center. "We just want them to get down to business and do their job and get something passed."
House and Senate lawmakers have failed to agree on a new five-year farm bill.
Each chamber proposed their own version of the $500 billion dollar legislation, but there are still agricultural policies that needs to be ironed out.
"Payments to the biggest farmers" said Oeding. "Maybe that payment limit needs to be brought down a little bit or a lot? Something more reasonable, more finance, or financial opportunities for the smallest farmers."
Not only does the farm bill affects thousands of farmers across the country, it's also going to have an impact on families depending on the federal government for food assistance.
"I really think that food for low income families should be separated out of it," said Maria Stewart, organic producer. "I think it confuses the issue."
Lawmakers can't seem to agree on how much to cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or better know as the Food Stamps program.
But for now farmers are hoping for answers in the weeks ahead.
"While we wait for the farm bill we just pray for good conditions, weather, and a good prosperous market," said Oeding.
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