The 2008 farm bill also created grants to help solve problems that could hinder exports and state block grants.
“Every state potato organization I know of got funding from the state block program,” Keeling said.
“That’s very helpful at the local level.”
House Republicans and Senate Democrats were locked in a battle over issues related to payroll tax, unemployment benefits and physician payments for Medicare for months in late 2011 and early 2012.
Keeling said farm bills typically have more bipartisan support.
“It’s going to take a real effort on their part to get a farm bill done,” Keeling said.
“I think the possibility of Congress not being able to meet a deadline is very real based on their track record. What we’re doing on both of our issues is trying to educate Congress about their importance to our industry.”