The federal farm bill, which is pieced together every few years, is always packed with goodies for favored crops and industries around the nation. The farm bill always exemplifies "pork" in more ways than one. The bill that has been approved by Congress and will go to the president for likely signing soon is no different.
For reasons including its crop choices, the farm bill usually doesn't have much in the way of goodies for the Imperial Valley. But the farm bill before the president will provide opportunities for our area.
The chief opportunity could and should revolve around allowing the Imperial Valley to grow sugar cane. Farm regulations in the past had only allowed the traditional cane states (Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, Texas) to grow sugar cane, but a provision in the new bill will allow California to grow the crop. If things work out as planned, most of that California cane will be grown here in the Valley.