Boehner May Consider Farm Bill Extension Soon

House Speaker John Boehner may bring up an extension of current farm programs – including disaster aid funds – as early as next week. If not next week – House sources say it may be in September. Boehner – along with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor – both have publicly said they haven't made a decisiong about bringing up the farm bill – but farm leaders, Democrats and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack have stressed the need for disaster aid makes it crucial to quickly pass the farm bill. While an extension would avoid an election year battle surrounding food stamps – it would complicate reform plans.

In the meantime – House and Senate Ag Committee Leaders were set to meet last night (Tuesday) to discuss beginning conference of House and Senate bill during the August recess. However – without having a House bill advanced beyond the committee level – those efforts will be challenging. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.