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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.

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"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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