Farm Groups Reflect on New Farm Bill

With the recent failure of the 2012 Farm Bill still stinging, farm groups are pushing the House and Senate to rapidly take action on a new, five-year farm bill.

Despite months of intense deliberation by legislators in the House and Senate, the 2012 Farm Bill died in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee both passed versions of the farm bill, the House leadership blocked the bill, refusing to take action or allow a floor vote.

In order to avoid a massive price hike, Congress passed a temporary extension of the expired farm bill.

With the farm bill process essentially restarting from scratch, farm groups are pressuring Congress to take immediate action on the farm bill. The Farmers Union, for example, is pressuring Senators and Representatives, asking them to consider specific issues to add to the upcoming farm bill, such as price support programs. In addition, they chastised budget hawks, claiming that the farm community has already accepted significant budget cuts and should not be expected to accept more.

The Farmers Union as well as groups like the Farm Bureau are pushing Senator Debbie Stabenow to begin drafting a new farm bill sooner rather than later.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer