Uncertain Farm Bill Status Leaves Lingering Questions For Farmers

Photo by Nicole Lunger
Photo by Nicole Lunger

The current farm bill, which is an extension of the 2008 bill that expired last year, runs out Sept. 30. As harvest approaches, uncertainty over federal policy is leading to anxiety for some farmers in the region, who want to know what next year’s rules will be so they can choose what to plant in the spring.

The farm bill, which finances a wide array of agriculture and nutrition programs, has not suffered partisan divisions historically. But with the extensive food stamp cuts needed to meet federal budget guidelines, the Senate and the House are at odds of the final version of the new bill.

The House is back in session this week, and the prospects for getting a new five-year bill signed into law before the current one expires seem to grow dimmer by the day.

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