Congressional Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representative but retained control of the Senate in Nov. 6 election contests.
Some observers speculate that Democratic control of the House in the new Congress will allow the 2018 farm bill to pass in the lame duck session without new work requirements for food stamp recipients favored by House Republicans.
ABC News reported that Democrats are projected to gain 34 seats in the House. With 13 races still too close to call on Nov. 7, Democrats had won 221 seats compared to 201 for Republicans.
Republican are projected to increase their majority in the Senate by 3 spots, with the GOP holding 51 seats the morning of Nov.7 compared with 43 for Democrats.
Results by state and district are available on the Politico website.
California central valley Republican Rep. Jeff Denham was clinging to a narrow lead against Democrat challenger Josh Harder.
The Modesto Bee said Denham had 50.6% of the vote the morning of Nov. 7, but final results could be days or even weeks away.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement that the group is looking for the new Congress to support issues important to agriculture.
“We look forward to working with the new Congress to strengthen agriculture by fixing the ag labor problems we face, boosting our farm economy via export growth and reducing the burden and cost of federal regulations,” Duvall said in a statement.
Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association, echoed those sentiments in a statement.
"We look forward to continue working in a bipartisan manner to advance the priorities of the fresh produce industry," Guenther said in the statement. "Passing a new Farm Bill, ensuring a reliable workforce and creating new trade opportunities will remain our top priorities in the 116th Congress.