Thursday, December 20, 2012
Hello New Year (Goodbye Farm Bill?)
The provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill lapsed on September 30 of this year, and to provide critical short-term program authority it appears more and more likely that a stop-gap bill or bills will be necessary to reinstate already-expired conservation programs and to prevent federal farm policy from reverting automatically to provisions contained in the initial federal farm policy legislation passed in 1949. Those interim authorities could potentially be included in any fiscal cliff legislation. For more detailed coverage of this issue, please see the various articles included under the "Farm Bill" section of the Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News of the Week blog post.