A U.S. News and World Report article explores what is likely to happen if the current farm bill expires at the end of September. “The food stamp program, crop insurance program and most conservation programs are all extended,” noted Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation farm policy expert, in the article. “When it really starts hitting you is next spring,” she explained. About 40 programs authorized under the 2008 legislation will not continue beyond the fiscal year. This includes wetlands and grassland reserve programs, some nutrition assistance programs, a few energy programs and some rural development provisions.
Farm Bureau continues to urge Congress to reach agreement on the House Agriculture Committee and Senate-passed farm bills. The farm bill is not on the list of bills that will be considered by the House this week. For more information, visit www.FarmBillNow.com.
In a Tuesday AgriTalk radio program interview, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said he thinks the farm bill will be considered during the lame-duck session of Congress after the election. The Ag Committee will not consider anything related to the bill next week.