These are differences, to be sure, but not so great that they can't be worked out if the bill can move forward. The bottom line is that folks of goodwill in Congress are working hard to make sure the needs of agriculture and rural America are addressed. They're reaching across party lines to do the work folks back home expect them to do.
House leadership needs to recognize this and bring the farm bill forward before we find out the consequences of inaction.
Pope is executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.