Farm Bill Extension Expires with Government Shutdown

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, the current extension of the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246 (http://www NULL.cq, which extended most USDA programs back in December 2012, expired with the government shutdown on October 1. On October 2, the Senate renamed their conferees to negotiate differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. However, it seems unlikely that the House will name their conferees to a farm bill conference before a budget agreement is reached allowing the government to reopen. That time frame remains unclear.

Currently, many USDA-Rural Development programs haven’t felt the full impact by the farm bill expiration and the shutdown, but that could change the longer the shutdown continues. NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor this issue closely.

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