House drops 1-year extension of Farm Bill

August 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

Looks like the U.S. House of Representatives won’t be considering a short-term extension of the Farm Bill after all. Instead, Congress is moving forward on a $383 million disaster relief bill for states affected by the severe droughts. To offset this cost, caps will be placed on conservation programs.

While this is good news for those who were opposed to the 1-year extension– including agriculture groups and advocates for the food stamp program– it does not provide any more clarity on when the House will move on the full 5-year Farm Bill. Without action on the House side, the current farm bill will expire at the end of September– but will they actually let it expire? As we’ve blogged about before, expiration of the farm bill could mean that agriculture policy reverts way back to the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 and the Agriculture Act of 1949.  Or will Congress be forced into a last-minute extension? Either case would be bad for farmers,  families receiving SNAP benefits, and the nation as a whole.

 

 

 

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