Farm Bill Will Have to Wait Until Elections are Over

The U.S. House will head home for the elections without action on a new five-year farm bill or an extension of existing farm policy that expires at the end of the month. Speaker of the House John Boehner told reporters the farm bill will be dealt with after the election. He didn’t get more specific than that. But House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said this week that he hasn’t received any promises his five-year bill will come up in the lame-duck session. According to Boehner – as it currently stands – some believe there isn’t enough reform in the farm bill that came out of committee. Still others believe there is too much reform – leaving Boehner to believe there are not enough votes to pass an extension or to consider the entire farm bill. 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.