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Farm Bill by September?

04/29/2024

The 2018 Farm Bill expired on September 30th 2023 but was extended by a year to allow the respective Agriculture Committees of the House and Senate to develop their own versions followed by reconciliation.  The House bill is apparently making progress although the adjustments to the Thrifty Food Plan that ultimately determines the magnitude of SNAP and WIC payments will be probably unacceptable to the Senate.

 

The Upper House indicated that it will complete its version only following passage of the House bill and then commence reconciliation in conference committee.  Some pessimistic observers maintain that the issues of SNAP eligibility and payment and the diversion of funding earmarked for climate remediation to crop support will deter adoption in an election year. Reluctance to comprise suggests that the 2018 Farm Bill will only be replaced in 2025.