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Even though there is still over a year remaining on the current Farm Bill, discussions have already been ongoing since earlier this year on developing the next Farm Bill. The current Farm Bill, known as the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018”, expires on September 30, 2023, and will include coverage of the 2023 crop year. Some members of Congress are hoping to move toward finalizing a new Farm Bill by the end of 2022 or early 2023 to allow adequate time for USDA to implement a new Farm Bill. However, reaching that goal may be difficult, given the mid-term elections later this year and potential changes in the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees in the 2023 session of Congress.