Get the Newsletter

 

Recent posts by Anna Johnson

Congress: Pass a new farm bill before 2018 ends

Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list.

Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loopholes in commodity payments, renewing major conservation programs, and continuing programs that offer support to rural communities and beginning farmers.

Farm bill expiration puts up unnecessary roadblocks for rural America

Our country’s foremost piece of agricultural legislation, the farm bill, has expired. The need for preservation of soil health and water quality has never been more important, uncertainty in farm country is high, and rural entrepreneurs need our assistance – but Congress has yet to reach an agreement on a final farm bill.

Farm bill is on the ballot this election

Results of this week’s election will have significant implications for the future of rural America. Voters should not forget the farm bill is on the ballot.

A strong farm bill is crucial for rural communities. It preserves our nation’s soil and water, assists the next generation of agricultural producers, and supports small businesses on main street. Unfortunately, Congress allowed the farm bill to expire on Sept. 30, 2018.

Lawmakers have stalled deliberations for a new bill for two major reasons.

Farm bill expires on Sept. 30, what’s next?

The 2014 farm bill expires on Sept. 30, 2018. What happens if Congress does not pass a new farm bill in time?

Congress can either vote to extend the 2014 farm bill, or they can allow the farm bill to lapse.

In 2013, Congress passed an extension. It was not ideal. Members failed to include any funding for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and other small but mighty programs in the extension. These programs closed their doors until the 2014 farm bill was passed.

Pages