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Still no 2012 Farm Bill

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

During President Barack Obama's August campaign stop in Council Bluffs, he criticized Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and other Republicans for the lack of a 2012 Farm Bill, but the topic hasn't appeared on the campaign trail for a while.

The current Farm Bill expires September 30.

A professor with Drake University tells the Des Moines Register that lawmakers representing urban areas are avoiding the political pressure of the half-trillion dollar Farm Bill.

Despite being called the "Farm Bill", the measure involves not just farm safety nets, but also nutrition programs.

The professor says the political pressure to pass a new farm bill is a lot higher in states where the economy is more dependent on agriculture, such as Iowa.

"Certainly in a state like Iowa, where something like 30 percent of the economy is ag-related, people are very aware of the farm bill," said Prof. Dennis Goldford. "I don't know what New Jersey representative would be terribly interested in the farm bill."

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