Farm Bill Left Unfinished in 2013

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, the farm bill conference committee was unable to reach an agreement on a final bill before the U.S. House adjourned for the holidays. However, Congressional negotiators are confident they will be able to vote on a final bill in early January of 2014. Negotiators are waiting on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score certain titles of the bill to determine long-term savings and remaining funding.

On December 12, the House approved by voice vote a six-page temporary extension of the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110‐627) through January 31, 2014. The measure extends most agriculture and crop subsidy programs, but does not extend some rural development programs such as pending rural development loan and grant applications, Value-Added Producer Grants, and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). The current farm bill authorization lapsed on September 30, but Senate leadership has indicated they will not move a temporary extension before the holiday recess since negotiators appear close to reaching a final deal in January. NADO will continue to monitor these issues closely as they develop. Click here to view NADO’s legislative fact sheet on the farm bill.

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