Farm Bill

House will not vote on Farm Bill before November elections

Last Thursday, September 20, House Speaker John Boehner announced that there will not be a vote in the House on an extension or reauthorization of the Farm Bill before the elections. The House has adjourned until in November 13 to allow members to return home to campaign. Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have agreed to have both chambers act on the Farm Bill during the lame duck session following the election.

House Agriculture Committee approves its version of the 2012 Farm Bill

This morning, the House Agriculture Committee voted (35-11) to approve its version of the Farm Bill. The bill includes the forestry-related provisions included in the draft put out late last week. The Committee did not make any changes to the Conservation Title found in the draft, but two additional amendments to the Forestry Title were approved including:

Coalition Letter: Lucas/Peterson - Response to House Agriculture 2012 Farm Bill Proposal

July 6, 2012

The Honorable Frank Lucas
U.S. House of Representatives
Rayburn House Office Building, Room: 2311
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Collin Peterson
U.S. House of Representatives
Rayburn House Office Building, Room: 2211

Dear Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson,

House Committee on Agriculture releases discussion draft of Farm Bill

Yesterday afternoon, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act . The bill is expected to be voted out of the full committee mark-up scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th. The bill includes many similar provisions found in the recently passed 2012 Farm Bill voted out of the Senate.