WASHINGTON D.C (WTVB) - Farmers in Branch County and across the country will have a bit of uncertainty to deal with between now and the November elections, as the U.S. House will not take up the Farm Bill before then. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed disappointment in the announcement by House Speaker John Boehner, saying it will make it somewhat difficult for producers to convinced their bankers to provide the assistance and help to put a crop into the ground. The U.S. Senate, under Ag Committee chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, overwhelmingly and quickly passed its version of the Farm Bill this summer, but the House version has not been introduced since being passed in committee. As the law currently stands, if no new law is in place by September 30th, all agriculture programs from the government revert back to the 1949 Farm Bill.
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