The leaders of the U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees ex­pressed confidence last week that they will be successful in their efforts to pass a new five-year farm bill before the end of the year. 

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he expects that Congress “will pass a highly effective farm bill in a bipartisan, bicameral way. And it’s going to get done,” Agri-Pulse reported.

Thompson said lawmakers are evaluating all farm bill programs to ensure there are no major disruptions after the current farm bill expires at the end of this month.

“I think we’re good until the end of the year,” Thompson said at an International Fresh Produce Association...