Farm Bill Drama

Pending House Extension Dooms Farm Bill Programs

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition writes about the newest developments in the 2012 Farm Bill, writing about the new House leadership proposed bill.

The leadership bill would extend the current 2008 Farm Bill’s commodity and crop insurance subsidy programs and the SNAP or food stamp program without significant change and with absolutely no reform, while cutting farm bill conservation programs by $761 million.  The conservation cuts would offset the provision of two year’s worth of livestock and fruit and nursery tree disaster assistance.  Not satisfied to cut just enough to offset the disaster payments, they propose to cut conservation an additional $140 million over and above what was needed.

To read the comprehensive article by the NSAC, click here.

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