Farm Bill Fiasco

There will be no farm bill passed in 2013. After the government shutdown the House and the Senate formed committees to iron out their differences. We now know that they were unable to iron out those differences.

Congress will head into recess after tomorrow.

While a temporary one month extension was passed through the House today, many Senators argue the extension would only delay passage of a new farm bill.

Both the House and Senate passed opposing farm bills earlier this year during the summer. The House bill proposed nearly $40 billion dollars in cuts. The bulk of the cuts were aimed at food assistance programs.

If a farm bill is not passed by January the expiration of dairy subsidies will cause milk prices to go up an estimated $6-$8 dollars a gallon.

Texoman Congressman Randy Neugebauer was appointed to the Congressional Conference Committee by House Speaker John Boehner. Neugebauer sent KAUZ this statement earlier today.

"My priority remains passing a five-year farm bill, and I'm optimistic that we'll reach an agreement soon.  There are still some differences to be worked out on crop support and reforms to nutrition assistance, but it's important that we continue working to resolve them.  Farmers and ranchers need a long-term bill in place so they can make important decisions about planting, harvesting, and marketing their crops."

Jack Carney Newschannel 6