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No Farm Bill passage ‘brings the heat’ to ag industry
Kate Maher of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association updates cattlemen about important issues affecting the cattle industry during a June convention in Bastrop.
Wilson County NewsSeptember 11, 2013 5,152 views 4 comments
The clock is ticking on the outcome of the next Farm Bill. As Congress returns to Capitol Hill this fall, a question hangs over whether Congress will vote on the Farm Bill or if a second extension is in order.
Kate Maher of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association addressed this during the 39th annual Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas convention June 28 in Bastrop.
While the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill 66-27 in late May, the House version failed 195-234 June 20.
At that time, Maher said Congress might take one of three actions:
•Debate and vote on another Farm Bill
•Extend the 2008 Farm Bill for another six months
•Let the current Farm Bill expire, and let the 1949 permanent law take effect.
Maher reminded the cattlemen of the importance of the Farm Bill. You “have to have people to grow it before you can sell it,” she said.
The House approved a Farm Bill July 11 without Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provisions.
Since SNAP comprises 80 percent of the Farm Bill, this is a major hurdle that will have to be settled.
The extension approved by Congress Jan. 2 -- as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 -- is set to expire Monday, Sept. 30.
Groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, have been putting the heat on Congress to pass a bill.
In mid-August, according to a Farm Bureau press release, members of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Missouri Farm Bureau met at the Missouri State Fair, waving signs stating, “Bring the Heat.”
American Farm Bureau Federation farm policy specialist Mary Kay Thatcher summed up Congress’ action regarding the Farm Bill.
“Farmers and ranchers are hot around the collar at Congress for putting politics before progress on issues like the farm bill,” Thatcher said. “That’s why Farm Bureau members from across the country are bringing the heat to their congressional members during August recess, letting them know that we need a farm bill signed into law this fall.”
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