Inaction on the farm bill “would be almost 180 degrees opposite where farm policy has been going,” according to AFBF’s Dale Moore in a (eastern Iowa) Gazette article this week. “In the past 20 to 25 years there has been a lot of effort to move more toward a market-based approach to farm policy instead of government control. This would turn that past 2-1/2 decades of farm policy on its head,” said Moore.
If Congress does not reauthorize the current farm bill by Sept. 30, agriculture policy, including research, rural development, nutrition and energy development, will revert to two antiquated laws from 1938 and 1949. An exception would be dairy programs, which will expire on Dec. 31.