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University of Illinois agricultural law professor Jonathan Coppess believes just about all parts of the state can be glad Congress recently approved a multi-year federal farm bill;

Coppess says results of recent mid-term elections broke the farm bill logjam in Congress. A U-S House and Senate Conference Committee worked out disagreements over its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP - and other provisions;

Coppess recently authored a book entitled "The Fault Lines of Farm Policy." With everything from crop insurance to school lunch programs, Coppess believes the legislation forces rural and urban lawmakers to work outside comfort zones, which he argues, is an important part of governing.