After months of posturing, political rhetoric, and backroom Washington negotiations, the 2007 farm bill is finally being drafted. In the past several weeks, we have slowly seen the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the farm bill take shape. Five of the six subcommittees have “marked up” their titles of the farm bill, sending them on for full Agriculture Committee consideration, which is scheduled to begin June 26 (as of this mid-June writing, only the Commodity Subcommittee had not completed their work).
Much of the work the Center for Rural Affairs has done over the past months and even years is reflected in these initial drafts of the farm bill titles. There are significant successes to celebrate, along with some disappointments that need to be fixed as we move through the rest of the farm bill process. Most importantly, none of this could have happened without your help, and the entire Center for Rural Affairs staff thanks you.