Congress is supposed to pass a farm bill every five years, but lawmakers haven't done that this year. The outlook for U.S. agricultural policy isn't encouraging, according to The Economist. "The House may now consider a new farm bill, or offer a straight vote on the version that emerged from its agriculture committee," the magazine says. "Or lawmakers may sit on their hands until they are forced to pass another one-year extension, as they did last year, with no reforms at all."

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