Farm Bill Update
With the September 30 deadline behind us, Congress has allowed the 2014 Farm Bill to expire without extending the 2014 law or passing a new farm bill. The immediate impact is minimal, with funding for federal nutrition programs and many agricultural programs continuing through the end of the calendar year. With prospects for a short-term extension of the 2014 Farm Bill gone and Congress unlikely to return to Washington, D.C. before the November elections, our focus now shifts to trying to help pass a good, bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill later this year. Congress is expected to try again to pass a new bill after the midterm elections in a “Lame Duck” legislative session in November-December. We are continuing to engage our members of Congress to advocate for a strong Farm Bill modeled after the bipartisan version passed by the Senate over the summer. Learn more about the Farm Bill and SNAP, the nation’s greatest defense against hunger, here http://www.frac.org/action/snap-farm-bill.