U.S. House Delays Considering Farm Bill

July 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm 4 comments

As covered before in our blog on July 13th, the House Committee on Agriculture approved its 2012 Farm Bill, titled the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) on July 11, 2012.  However, the full House has not yet considered the bill and it is not scheduled for debate this week.

The decision not to consider the Farm Bill this week could have lasting ramifications for many Americans.  The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th.  In order to meet that deadline, the new bill would need to come before the House before the August 4th recess.  If the bill is not considered this week, there is only four days left for the House Leadership to bring the bill forward before that deadline.

If the new bill is not enacted by September 30th, it will leave farmers without clear safety nets.  Farm Assistance programs, such as Direct and Counter-cyclical programs would cease to continue and would not be replaced with either the Senate or House proposals.  Public Crop insurance programs   would be left in upheaval, and some programs could revert back to older standards.

As farmers battle with severe weather across rural America, determining the future of these safety net programs is key to determining the future of American agriculture.  We will see next week whether the House considers the bill before the August 4th recess.

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Entry filed under: Agriculture Policy, Farm Policy, Healthy Foods.

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