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WATCH: Louisiana's Agriculture Commissioner confident new Farm Bill being worked out

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL / KMSS) - The head of Louisiana's Department of Agriculture and Forestry says he's confident a new Farm Bill will be in place by the end of the year.

The farm bill is usually renewed every five years, and the last bill expired September 30. About two-thirds of the farm bill spending goes to nutrition programs such as SNAP.

The Senate's $428 billion farm bill passed in late June, but unlike the GOP-led House version, it didn't include additional food stamp working requirements that the Democrats are opposing.

Mike Strain says he believes a new deal on the Farm Bill is close and will benefit Louisiana farmers.

"A farm bill is very close. They're down to just a few negotiations... the house and senate are negotiating in earnest.and i really think they will have all the resolutions and compromise resolutions in place i think it will be done but it will probably be passed in the final days before Christmas break" said Commissioner Mike Strain. 

Agriculture is one of Louisiana's top industries. 

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