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Status of 2018 U. S. Farm Bill

11/13/2023

The 2017 Farm Bill expired on October 1st, 2023, and there is no specific deadline for enacting the delayed 2023 legislation.  Members of the Agricultural Committees of both the House and Senate consider that an extension will be necessary.  House Committee Chairman, Representative G.T. Thompson (R-PA) has plans to finalize the 2023 Farm Bill in December but is not confident of this outcome.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) considers that an extension of the 2018 Farm Bill will be required and believes that a one-year extension could be negotiated together with the continuing resolution that will be critical to maintaining federal government activities beyond the November 17th funding deadline.  House Agriculture Committee ranking member, Representative David Scott (D-GA) is calling for a one-year extension to provide certainty to farmers, ranchers and foresters.  This would allow Congress to continue negotiations to fund the USDA programs with SNAP as a major item of contention.  Scott commented on “extremism within the House Republican Conference is limiting progress on a new Farm Bill”.

 

In a recent joint meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Food Industry Association and Feeding America, representatives of these organizations pledged support for a new Farm Bill. ‘Zippy’ Duvall president of the AFBF stated “It is important to get a farm bill done and get it now”

 

In the most recent action the 2023 Farm Bill will be subject to a continuing resolution  and will be debated in both the House and Senate with enactment during 2024