Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Farm Bill Struggles In Washington

Farm-TractorProgress on a new five-year Farm Bill has ground to a halt in Washington.  The bill, which expired last fall, has been temporarily extended by Congress.  

But the new Farm Bill could receive a kick-start through a budget bill recently approved by the US Senate, which provides funding for the Conservation Stewardship program – funding that had been overlooked when the bill was carried over for a year.  

Chuck Hassebrook, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says with more cuts on the horizon, timing of the Farm Bill is critical.

Hassebrook says investments need to be made in rural development, beginning-farmer programs and conservation to help rural areas.

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