On July 27, 2007, the House of Representatives approved the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 - H.R. 2419. This is the House's version of the Farm Bill. Action now moves to the U.S. Senate, starting in the Senate Agricultural Committee.
HR 2419 authorized a total of $456 million annually for Farm Bill authorized rural development programs. However, only $30 million of that authorized spending (about seven percent) is mandatory spending, or spending that must be included in the annual federal budget through the appropriations process.