Members of a conference committee from the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday announced they've reached an agreement on the new farm bill. Now, the bill moves to the Senate and House floors before going on to the Oval Office for the president'
Whether the president will sign the farm bill making its way through Congress remains in question. But now, lawmakers are looking ahead to what hopefully is a clearer path toward new farm legislation, even with veto threats still echoing through Congress f
Farm bill leaders were meeting behind closed doors again Tuesday afternoon to work out final areas of disagreement.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson told Agriculture Online Friday that changes are still likely in the farm bill's payment limits, an issue he expects to be working on between now and the next meeting of the farm bill conference committee
After some six hours of at times emotional debate, members of the House and Senate farm bill conference committee approved all of the major titles of the developing law early Friday morning in Washington.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) told reporters Thursday morning that he hopes President George W. Bush will sign the developing farm bill, which he said he expects to be able to send to the House and Senate for final votes next week
The shape of reform in farm program payments, if any, may be one of the last things holding up completion of a new farm bill in Congress.
The limit on direct payments, the only part of the farm bill safety net that's likely to affect farmers in the near future, may be raised from current law, reliable sources in Washington tell Agriculture Online.
President Bush touched briefly on the developing farm bill Tuesday when he acknowledged that Americans are concerned about rising food prices. "Unfortunately, Congress is considering a massive, bloated farm bill that would do little to solve the problem,"
The Senate on Thursday morning passed a short-term extension of the current farm bill, a move that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) says will yield a new bill in the near future. The extension enacted Thursday extends the current law