There has been little movement on moving forward with the 2013 farm bill. The House Republican leadership continues to work on a nutrition (SNAP) only bill. The House of Representatives will not consider that bill until September. Don’t expect any movement on the farm bill until the House decides the nutrition issue.
There are only nine legislative days in September before the farm bill expires on Sept. 30. As the Sept. 30 deadline approaches, we can expect talk of an extension to take place. Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) has said Congress needs to pass a farm bill not an extension. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, plans to name 12 Senate farm bill conferees.