Status of Farm Bill Unclear; Extension Expires September 30

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, the House began a process on establishing a House-Senate conference committee whose goal is to produce a compromise five-year 2013 Farm Bill, but House leadership has yet to name its members to a Conference Committee. The Senate named their conferees to the committee on August 1.

Talks between House and Senate leaders over how the two chambers will deal with the split House farm and the nutrition title (passed by the House last week) are still unclear. Currently, the House has yet to vote on joining their two bills before sending its version to a conference committee with the Senate bill. Additionally, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) stated that it is unlikely there will be a conference agreement before September 30.

If a compromise bill isn’t passed by September 30, Congress will likely have to approve another extension of the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246 (http://www NULL.cq NULL.com/law/110/246)). The bill extended selected programs under the 2008 Farm Bill back in December of 2012. The current extension expires next week, but the effects of an expired farm bill would not be felt until December, when dairy support programs would end and retail milk prices could rise. NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor this issue closely.

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