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As Minnesota political observer Blois Olson speaks, Washington political experts Jennifer Duffy and James Hohmann listen during a Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, meeting of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council. (Forum Communications photo by Don Davis)

Farm bill unlikely before fiscal cliff issue resolved

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MINNEAPOLIS -- America's agriculture industry needs to be patient.

Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report said Tuesday that an overall budget-debt deal needs to happen before Congress can pass new federal farm policy.


"I don't know how they pass anything that deals with revenue without dealing with the fiscal cliff," Duffy said, using a term in vogue about federal government budget problems due after Dec. 31 unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach an agreement.

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