The Senate is slated to vote on a five-year farm bill that includes several provisions of interest to fruit and vegetable growers, including a research and development program, said Western Growers Association Vice President Dennis Nuxoll. "By not passing the bill, you're creating a lot of instability in the industry. Folks in the industry don't know, are these research dollars and pest and disease programs going to be funded? Are they going to continue? There is uncertainty and that by itself stifles business growth," he said.

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