What Does It Mean When the Farm Bill Expires?

By: Friday September 28, 2012 4:00 pm

This Sunday, the deadline will expire on the current farm bill. Many programs will revert back to the 1949 permanent legislation. However, provisions in the continuing resolution will keep food stamps, crop insurance, farmer subsidy programs and other funding streams moving through the system. That continuing resolution sets the USDA budget and will allow full funding for most current programs.

That’s not true across the board, however. In particular, dairy farmers could feel a pinch.

 

Farm Bill Set to Expire as Congress Leaves for Elections

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:30 am

Today is the last day of the legislative session before Election Day. Lawmakers will go home to campaign on September 21, which is the earliest date during an election cycle in decades. And they leave a lot of pending legislation on the table. As John Boehner announced in the above clip, the House plans to adjourn without dealing with the farm bill. A bipartisan farm bill has already passed the Senate, and the House Agriculture Committee cleared their version months ago. But Boehner has been unable to line up support on the floor for it, out of an insistence that most of his caucus support it.

Congress to Hightail it Out of Washington With Major Priorities Unfinished

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:36 am

Congress is in session this week for the final time this year before the election. I sort of shrugged this off as fairly typical for an election year, but it’s not. Usually, Congress stays in session until about a month before the election. Here they’re leaving with seven weeks to go. The do-nothing Congress has decided to double up on doing nothing.

Farm Bill Stalled, Programs Set to Expire September 30

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 5:00 pm

While the House will pass their six-month stopgap budget bill today, pushing government spending authority out to March, one other September 30 deadline remains outstanding, and Congress looks prepared to let it expire. That would be the authorization for farm programs. If nothing is done, the farm programs would revert back to the policy of decades ago.

Farmers Angered By Congressional Inaction on Farm Bill, Drought

By: Monday August 13, 2012 2:50 pm

Republican lawmakers in rural farming communities were worried that they would have to go home to their districts empty-handed, without any tools to help farmers deal with this summer’s massive drought. They tried to sidestep this problem by passing, at the last possible minute, a bill to provide a year of drought relief to livestock producers. They could then blame the Senate for not following suit, even though the Senate had no chance to do so. This gambit isn’t working.

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, but Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:51 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call.

The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August recess, and the Senate did not get around to passage. So there will be no immediate disaster relief coming for livestock producers suffering under a price spike due to corn shortages.

House Game-Playing on Farm Bill, Drought Relief

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 11:37 am

The House will take up its standalone disaster relief bill today, which will serve as a talking point in rural Republican districts as “action” being taken to respond to the historic drought plaguing the country. The House waited until the last possible day before the August recess to pass the measure, giving the Senate basically no time to concur. So there won’t really be action taken before the recess, but House members can say “I passed a bill and now the Senate must act.”

House Leaders Drop Farm Bill Extension, Will Instead Push Disaster Relief, Leaving Food Programs at Risk

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:40 am

Forget about the farm bill. The House GOP leadership has dropped their efforts to pass a one-year extension of farm programs under current policy, weeks after they dropped efforts to pass a Republican version of the farm bill which has passed the House Agriculture Committee. Republicans will try to pass a separate disaster relief bill dealing with livestock producers and their struggles with this summer’s historic drought:

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:00 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for a mere six months, until the end of March 2013. But they won’t bother to pass it until September, at the earliest leaving a narrow window before the elections.

House Releases One-Year Farm Bill Extension

By: Monday July 30, 2012 11:15 am

The House has released an expected one-year extension of farm-related programs, in a bill which would also deliver needed relief to drought-stricken farmers in the Midwest. But the plan is imperiled by the continuation of direct payments to farmers, which members of both parties oppose.

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