The story that will perhaps have the longest impact on farm policy came late in 2017 with Congress approved its tax reform bill that included many provisions critical to agriculture.
On Friday, the House voted down a farm bill for the second time in five years.
An amendment that would have drastically changed federal sugar policy suffered a bipartisan defeat on the House floor Thursday, helping ag lawmakers avoid a change that could have tanked the farm bill.
House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway kicked off floor debate for the farm bill on Wednesday, kicking off a process that will unfold through the rest of the week.
The House is set to consider a farm bill this week, and Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts wants his bill to be not far behind.
A congressional deadline for North American Free Trade Agreement talks is right around the corner, giving negotiators only two more days to finish up their deal making.