Philip Nelson says that as federal lawmakers next year begin discussion of the 2007 farm bill, the landscape may be an uncomfortable one for agricultural funding.
Of chief concern is whether the federal deficit, costs associated with the war in Iraq and reparations linked to hurricanes Rita and Katrina will affect funding for farmers.
Nelson says the bureau's board of directors has formed what's called a "Farm Profitability Task Force" to examine such issues as low commodity prices and rising input costs in hopes of helping farmers compete. That group will begin meeting early next year.
Nelson make his comments today during the third day of the bureau's four-day convention in St. Louis.