WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Negotiations on a new Farm Bill hit a critical stage on Wednesday, with the House and Senate coming together for a joint meeting.
The current Farm Bill is a one year extension. They're looking for a bill that would be good for five years.
Members from both houses met Wednesday to build a bridge between their two bills. Lawmakers disagree on tens of billions of dollars in cuts. Key issues in the bills are crop insurance, nutrition programs and trade reform.
Farmers say it's tough to gauge business decisions without a permanent Farm Bill. Many say they're looking forward to some security.
Tayl-Wind Farms co-owner Glenn Taylor said, "That does affect our price to some extent and to have programs in place and to have things certain and at least know where that part of our business or those issues are. That's a good thing."
Several members of the committee expect negotiations to drag on for a few weeks.