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Carbon Quarterly – Volume 6: 2023 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill, which directs America’s agriculture policy, is, generally speaking, on a five-year schedule. While some Farm Bills are delayed, causing the previous bill to be extended, Congress aims to complete a Farm Bill every five years.

The current Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, expires on 30 September 2023, and interest groups supporting farmers, foresters, and ranchers are gearing up for 2023 Farm Bill negotiations.

On 29 April 2022, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first field hearing on the 2023 Farm Bill at Michigan State University, Michigan’s land-grant college and alma mater of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D - Michigan), Senate Agriculture Committee chair. The field hearing for the committee will be in Arkansas, home of Ranking Member John Boozman (R - Arkansas) was on 17 June 2022. The House Committee on Agriculture has had a number of hearings to review various titles in the current Farm Bill.

While work on the 2023 Farm Bill has begun, the midterm elections may see the bill reshaped; pollsters and pundits are predicting a flip in the House to put Republicans in control and possibly a change in Senate leadership as well. Therefore, Democrats who run the House and Senate Agriculture Committees today may see Republicans...

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