Ag Groups Pressure Congress

With only a few weeks left until Congress adjourns for 2012, farm advocacy groups are ratcheting up the pressure on congressional leaders to pass a new farm bill.

For the past several months, the 2012 Farm Bill has been stalled in Congress, with House leaders refusing to take a vote until after the 2012 election. While the election season may be over, some farm advocacy groups are worried that, with only a few weeks of the 112th Congress remaining, there will not be enough time to pass a new farm bill.

With the clock ticking down, farm advocacy groups are increasing their pressure on Congress to pass a new bill. In a letter to congressional leaders, a coalition of several farm groups wrote, “Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill already has created economic uncertainty for U.S. renewable energy companies, threatening to stop the growth of a vital segment of the U.S. economy, strand private sector investments and eliminate good paying jobs. A five-year extension of the Farm Bill with mandatory funding for the energy title is needed to keep these companies investing and creating jobs in the United States; a temporary extension of the already expired legislation would not provide certainty for businesses.”

 According to leaders of the Farm Bureau, “[ passage of the farm bill is] a lame duck must-do.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer