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Extension Needed for Farm Bill

Published: Friday, October 12, 2018

On Sept. 30, the 2014 Farm Bill expired after committee compromises could not be made. According to the National Sorghum Producers, the lapse in the current farm bill caused about 40 programs to expire or run out of funding, including programs that support trade promotion, beginning farmers and energy and conservation.

The Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (CRP) is in flux with no new funding and will not issue any new contacts until there is new legislation. Programs that will continue to receive federal funding include crop insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

There has been discussion of a short-term extension, but no final decisions have been made. Congress will be in recess until after the mid-term elections and will not reconvene until Nov. 13, allowing the new legislation very few working days.

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