2013 Farm Bill
The farm bill is an extensive, omnibus piece of legislation that is reauthorized roughly every five years. ‘Farm bill’ is really a misnomer, because although the legislation does contain a number of provisions that are critical to family farmers’, ranchers’, and fruit and vegetable growers’ economic success, more than 75 percent of the bill’s funding is allocated for nutrition assistance for the underprivileged, both in the United States and abroad.
Much of the remaining provisions relate to rural business development, incentives for renewable energy production, and protection of our country’s most precious natural resources. So, above all, the farm bill is really a food, energy and jobs bill, and all consumers, farmers and rural Americans have a responsibility to be engaged in the farm bill debate.
The 2008 Farm Bill (the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008) expired on Sept. 30, 2012. Despite the tremendous bipartisan, multi-sector effort behind the legislation, the $23 to 35 billion in savings it would have contributed to deficit reduction, as well as near unanimous support from the entire agriculture community, Congress did not see the bill through but instead passed a one-year extension that expires in September 2013. Now farmers, ranchers, and the lender that provide them credit are at Congress’s mercy, struggling to make business decisions in this uncertain policy environment.
See below for additional farm bill resources.
House Agriculture Commitee Farm Bill Draft (May 10, 2013)
Target Prices (May 16, 2013)
Senate/House Farm Bill Side by Side Comparison (May 16, 2013)
* Summaries do not reflect any changes made during the committee markup
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s 2013 Farm Bill page
House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture’s 2013 Farm Bill page
Committee summary of Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (May 10, 2013)
NFU farm bill resources:
May 15, 2013 House Ag Committee Concludes Markup, NFU Encouraged by 2013 Farm Bill Momentum
Letter to President Obama Asking to Include Farm Bill in Fiscal Cliff Bill (Dec. 13, 2012)
May 18, 2012: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry – Energy and forestry programs
May 10, 2013 Senate Agriculture Committee releases draft farm bill
Additional farm bill resources:
Congressional Research Service reports
June 1, 2012: Budget Issues Shaping a 2012 Farm Bill
March 30, 2012: Expiring Farm Bill Programs Without a Budget Baseline
March 26, 2012: Possible Extension or Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill
Feb. 15, 2012: Previewing the Next Farm Bill
U.S. Department of Agriculture resources
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