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Blois Olson, right, talks about state politics Tuesday in?Minneapolis as James Hohmann of Politco looks on. Hohmann later said he believes a budget solution will not come prior to 2013. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Farm bill unlikely before fiscal cliff resolved


MINNEAPOLIS -- America's agriculture industry needs to be patient.

Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report said Tuesday that an overall budget-debt deal needs to happen before Congress can pass new federal farm policy.

"I don't know how they pass anything that deals with revenue without dealing with the fiscal cliff," Duffy said, using a term in vogue about federal government budget problems due after Dec. 31 unless Congress and President Obama reach an agreement.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.