The consequence of the Congressional stalemate (an expired 2008 Farm Bill at midnight, September 30) won't become immediately evident before the November 6 national election, or even before the end of this calendar year. That added buffer providing more time for Congress to act exists because (although the effective dates of the current law match those of the Federal fiscal year) the 2008 Farm Bill covers all of this calendar year's (2012) crops. Additionally, Congressional appropriations can be utilized to fund many of the major Farm Bill provisions, whether they are authorized or not.
|2008 Farm Bill Enactment Time Line|
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