Farm Bill News

Farm Bill Heads to the President for his Signature

What a roller coaster this farm bill has been! Yesterday, the Senate passed the final version of the bill, and it’s on it’s way to the President’s desk. Click here to see how your senators voted

If signed into law (which is expected), we’ll be posting a longer analysis next week. As a snapshot, here are some of the things this bill does:

Farm Bill Reform vs. Corporate Greed

Last weekend, lead Farm Bill negotiators – the two chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees - rejected bipartisan farm subsidy reform included in farm bills passed in both House and Senate. This eleventh hour, backroom deal would allow virtually unlimited farm program payments to the nation’s largest and wealthiest mega-farms to continue unabated.

Farm Bill Stumbles as Big Business Seeks to Strip away Reform

Reaching a final farm bill deal in Washington hinges on a major stumbling block - payment limits.

Let’s review where we’re at. Thanks to a strong showing from grassroots supporters like you, both the House and the Senate versions of the farm bill include identical farm program payment limit reform. 

Rural America Needs Farmers and Farm Program Reform

Thanks to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), both the Senate and House versions of the farm bill include a strict limit on farm program payments. Some Farm Bill Conference Committee members want to remove those farm limits, but that would be a mistake.

Farm Bill Future Uncertain as 2014 Dawns

As 2013 headed into the history books, Congress had not yet reached a final deal on the farm bill. However, they say they will likely pass it when they return in January.

The biggest issue to resolve is how much they will cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There has been some indication that they have reached an agreement that would cut the program by around $8 billion.

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