On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, a one-month extension until Jan. 31 of the Farm Bill in order to give the conferees time to work through remaining differences and prepare the legislative language for final passage when Congress returns the first of January. Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.) reported that the conferees have a basic framework for both the commodity title and the nutrition title. Staff is expected to work over the Christmas break to finalize and flesh out the framework.
The four top Farm Bill negotiators hope to agree soon on a framework for the new law so it can be passed when Congress returns to work in the New Year.
Congress is more than a year late in replacing the 2008 farm law, which expired in fall 2012 but was extended until Sept. 30.