The ink has been dry on the 2014 farm bill for a few weeks now, and as State Director of the Farm Service Agency for North Carolina, Bob Etheridge points out, now is when the work really begins:
“Not only in this state, but across the country and especially in DC. Once the legislation has passed there is much to do in terms of putting regulations together and making sure that things are ready to go on the ground. It takes more time than I had originally thought.
We are in the process of waiting for DC to write some regs, get them approved and jump through the hoops and then we will be ready to help the farmers. They are in the field now and ready to plant.
It’s important to remember that less than 3% of this country actually gets on a tractor every day and provide the food and fiber that 100% of us enjoy. If the farmers aren’t able to produce, all of these programs that are put together, are designed to make sure the American people have a cheap, safe and plentiful food supply.”