The 2014 Farm Bill expired September 30th.
“So, technically, we are working without a Farm Bill today,” Nebraska Farm Bureau National Affairs Director Jordan Dux tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Dux says the majority of Nebraska farmers will not notice a difference, at least not yet.
Many in Washington entered September optimistic Congress would approve a new Farm Bill before the current Farm Bill expires. That optimism has now faded with worry about approving new legislation increasing.
It still appears there are two main sticking points. The House version would increase work requirements for food stamp recipients while the Senate version leaves the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) largely intact. The two chambers differ on their approaches to agricultural conservation programs.
Though most focused on those two differences, there could be more.
Dux says only two of the dozen titles have been closed by House-Senate negotiators, leaving plenty of work to do and not a lot of time to do it.
Now that negotiations have carried over into October, the Farm Bill could get caught up in the mid-term elections, which Dux says the Farm Bureau hopes to avoid by passing legislation before the end of the year.
“That’s still our number one goal is to get something done then and so when Congress has their elections the political circus can be put to the side and we can actually work on the policy side and get a new Farm Bill done.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]