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No Farm Bill passage ‘brings the heat’ to ag industry

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.

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Wilson County News
September 11, 2013

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.”

Your Opinions and Comments

Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
September 13, 2013 11:44am
What other effects does the run up corn prices have? See this is the problem with accepting government hand outs. Stop all of them - except of course, mine. Con Agra get fat. Commodity traders get fat - some of them. When you ... More ›

September 12, 2013 5:06pm
I have farmed and ranched over 50 years. The last few years have been excellent the ethanol program has bolstered commodity prices and the people who know what they are doing are doing well. Most hobby farmers are not educated ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 12, 2013 1:14pm
Well they could use money from the Social Security trust funds to pay for the SNAP program and pay off Con Agra - oh wait they already used that money to pay for other social programs. How about a complete review of the entire ... More ›

La Vernia  
September 11, 2013 7:45pm
The Farm Bill version that I read showed the 80% to SNAP but showed 12% to Con Agra and the other giant Ag companies. That only leaves 8% for the average farmer. Much of that 8% dealt with crop insurance. I guess the small ... More ›

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