The 2013 Farm Bill debate moved one step further in late October. Conference committee members met to start hammering out the differences between the two bills. A conference committee to settle a final budget resolution has been running parallel to the farm bill conference. Some suggest the best chance of getting a final five-year farm bill is to attach it to a broader budget package.
As Congress enters the final stages of moving forward a final Farm Bill, we must all remember that the Farm Bill is the vehicle by which Congress makes crucial investments in the rural economy. The final bill should invest in fostering a new generation of family farmers and ranchers as well as preserving the natural resources necessary for creating a better future for those beginners and for small town and rural America.
With the Farm Bill process finally moving forward, we sent a letter to the House-Senate Conference Committeestrongly urging them to emerge with a final 5-year Farm Bill that addresses the needs of family farmers and ranchers, small towns, rural small businesses, and protects our natural resources.
With the Farm Bill finally moving forward, the Center for Rural Affairs urges the House-Senate Conference Committee to ensure that the bill address the needs of family farmers, ranchers, and small towns while also protecting our natural resources.
Our last farm bill update covered the House of Representative’s Farm Bill that left out the nutrition title. Later the House passed a separate bill covering nutrition programs. That included a $40 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a much bigger cut than the Senate Farm Bill.