Speaking at a 2023 Farm Bill listening session at the Missouri State Fair, House Agriculture Committee chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R, PA-15) said it’s likely Congress will have to pass an extension to buy time to finalize the 2023 Farm Bill.

“We’re probably going to need an extension,” Chairman Thompson said. “I hope it’s a very short extension.”

The Farm Bill, which expires at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, sets U.S. agriculture policy for five years.

“There’s a lot of competition for weeks on the [House] floor for the weeks in September because of all the appropriations bills and some other ones that expire just like the farm bill,” Chairman Thompson said. “The clock is ticking. … [the House Agriculture Committee] could have language by the end of the month. That said, everything is dependent on when do we get a week designated on the House floor for running the bill?”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-20) this week told House Republicans that a short-term government funding extension is likely needed before the end of the fiscal year. A farm bill extension could be added to that bill.

For more information on the upcoming appropriations process, read onto the next story of the NCC Washington Report.