He says the House and Senate have reached a deal on the food and nutrition program, which was part of the hang-up during the Farm Bill debate last year.
“The big hangup with the Farm Bill before the election was primarily over the food and nutrition program, and the Senate Democrats who were opposing the House version have basically stood down," says Schock. "They've said they'll go along with the food stamp reforms that the House wanted."
Schock says now they're working on a few smaller issues that impact southern crops.
“Really the other issues are dairy and some direct payment issues for peanut farmers and some things that don't really have anything to do with my district," says Schock. "Those are the smaller battles left. I think those will be easier to resolve."
As far as crop insurance, Schock believes the current program will stay in-tact.
“Because that was in the House version and the Senate version that passed this summer I would say the crop insurance, as it stands today in its current form, stands a very good chance of continuing in whatever new bill there is," says Schock.
Schock says House Speaker John Boehner has requested a five-year plan be put together. Congress passed a one-year extension on the Farm Bill last summer.