are for crop years, So when they extended the legislation last year, it covered
the 2013 crop year, which takes you through the end of the crop year, which I
believe the earliest one is May, when the wheat crop year ends. And, it would take you all the way through
August. So, there would be consequences
for the 2014 crop.”
that’s primarily related to wheat planting, as most farmers look at government
programs as a means of supporting their incomes. He says prices are high enough
right now, that that’s not likely to have as much effect as it normally would
Much of the
argument that stalled a new Farm Bill is over the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the food stamp program.
that will remain unaffected for now, because the USDA won’t run out of money
for that program until the end of the year. A separate Senate bill reduced SNAP funding by $4 billion over 10 years,
while a House bill had 10 times the amount of cuts.
So, where is
all of this headed? Professor Zulauf thinks
it could end up as a part of omnibus budget legislation…
be the possibility that a Farm Bill could get attached to some sort of
all-encompassing debt and spending resolution. The common thinking is that, if that happens, it would likely be another
extension. It would not be a new Farm
The professor says anyway
you look at it there is not a quick solution to a new Farm Bill on the horizon.