Chances are dim for new farm bill before year’s end.
Another week without a new farm bill provides another chance for the Obama administration to highlight an important aspect of the legislation. Tuesday’s focus: conservation programs and gains that will be lost without a deal by the conference committee.
With the conferees hung up on regional commodity title differences and a massive gulf between Senate and House food stamp funding numbers, the chances of a new farm bill before year’s end are dimming. Despite the Senate being out of session this week, the main conference players – including Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee – met Wednesday to again try and iron out key differences.
During a Tuesday press conference jointly held by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, conservation was front and center.
“One of every 12 jobs is connected to agriculture and that’s why Congress must complete its work on a new (farm bill),” said Vilsack. “An important component of that is a continued commitment to conservation.
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