As the Farm Bill debate goes on and is in sharp contrast with a devastating drought that has affected agricultural yields across the country. According to David Rogers at Politico, Republicans in the House might not call up the New Farm Bill for a vote before the law expires on September 30. Rogers reports that no Farm Bill, once out of committee, has ever failed to be called for a vote. In Rogers' article today, the House's Republican leadership is considering extending the old Farm Bill while Democratic Representatives Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) and Collin Peterson (Minnesota) insist that extension is not an option because the drought requires specific political action and there is agreement that direct cash payments to producers must be ended with the new Farm Bill.
Check out the hidden costs of the Farm Bill that's about to expire - it makes it pretty clear why these laws require replacement and the reasoning behind calls for improvements in the Farm Bill. And also why the new Farm Bill's deep cuts to the Food Stamp program and nutrition programming are pretty disconcerting.
|Infographic from Takepart.com|