U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said he's optimistic that a farm bill funding agreement will be reached in the coming week and a bill signed into law by mid-April.

Peterson, speaking from Washington, D.C., spoke to attendees at the National Farmers Union’s 106th annual convention in Las Vegas. With the March 15 deadline fast-approaching, he reported that he had been meeting with other agriculture leaders throughout the weekend.

“We’re moving slowly ahead, at least not backwards and we’re close to getting a final resolution,” Peterson said. “COOL, interstate shipment of meat, permanent disaster, all will get done. There is a lot of good policy here. A lot of real reform.”

Tom Buis, NFU president, also discussed the organization’s legislative accomplishments during the past year and  pointed out the 3.8 million acres now enrolled in the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program.

USDA Secretary Ed Schafer also will make an appearance at this week's NFU conference.

Source: National Farmers Union