The head of the Michigan Agri-Business Association has a sobering prediction if Washington doesn't approve a farm bill soon.
Jim Byrum says if the federal government fails to pass a farm bill soon it will impact the price of produce in Michigan including apples, blueberries and asparagus.
He says Michigan will lose specialty and other crops and the state will have to bring them in from out-of-state, increasing their cost. The U.S. House and Senate each passed its own version of a farm bill over the summer, but are yet to agree on one piece of legislation with lawmakers unable to come together on food stamp funding. Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, says she's confident there will be a farm bill, adding that House Speaker John Boehner pledged he would bring a reconciled farm bill to a vote when it emerges from the conference committee.