No Farm Bill Before Election Day
Center for Rural Affairs urges Rural Americans to speak out
Lyons, NE – At Midnight on Sunday, September 30, 2012 the Farm Bill officially expired.
Congress generally reauthorizes farm bills, which provide the foundation for the nation’s food, farm and rural policy, approximately every five years. In 2008 Congress adopted a farm bill – the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 – but set the expiration, or sunset, of that legislation for the end of Fiscal Year 2012, or, September 30, 2012.
“As a result, crucial rural development, conservation and beginning farmer and rancher programs are at risk of having their funding evaporate because Congress failed to pass a 2012 Farm Bill,” said Traci Bruckner, Assistant Policy Director with Center for Rural Affairs.
“We’ve come to the 11th hour, we don’t have a Farm Bill, Congress has not taken action, and the window that they have to take action is rapidly closing,” added Bruckner.
According to Bruckner, as members of Congress come back to their home districts to campaign, rural people will have an important opportunity to talk to them. She wants people to tell their representatives they need a Farm Bill, one that’s done right.
“People have an opportunity to let them know that it’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable not to have a Farm Bill; it’s unacceptable to not invest in rural development programs that help create jobs through small business development; it’s unacceptable to reduce conservation funding to just the bare minimum.”
Bruckner explained further that members of Congress in rural districts are involved in campaigns that visit small venues in rural cities and small towns, providing unique access for rural residents to raise vital issues.
“And when rural folks have the opportunity to visit with the members they should urge them to make the Farm Bill their first order of business when they return for the lame-duck session after the election,” concluded Bruckner.
|### – Source – Press Release – Center for Rural Affairs|
|Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.|
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