The Farmfest forum was billed as "finding the endgame to a farm bill. But U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz say they can't see a clear path forward for breaking the impasse over the legislation.
The Democrat-led Senate, in a bipartisan vote, approved a farm bill that governs farm programs and food stamps. But the Republican-controlled House passed a bill for farm programs only, splitting off legislation for nutrition programs so they can seek deeper cuts to food stamps.
The Free Press of Mankato reports Peterson told the crowd at Farmfest Tuesday he's not hopeful because any compromise that Senate and House negotiators devise will be opposed by a majority of House Republicans.
Peterson, Walz and some farm group leaders blame tea party-backed House Republicans for the stalemate.