On Wednesday, January 29, the Campaign for Renewed Rural Development (CRRD) sent Congressional leadership a letter applauding their work in producing a farm bill conference report that provides a robust Rural Development title addressing many CRRD priorities. To read the entire letter, please click here.
This week, the farm bill conference committee was unable to reach an agreement on a final bill before the U.S. House adjourned for the holidays. However, Congressional negotiators are confident they will be able to vote on a final bill in early January of 2014. Negotiators are waiting on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score certain titles of the bill to determine long-term savings and remaining funding. Click here to read more from the National Association of Development Organizations.
Although conferees were reportedly making substantial progress on some of the more contentious titles of a farm bill, recently stalled negotiations have potentially set the stage for a one-month extension of the 2008 farm bill, which is set to expire on December 31, 2013. Click here to read more from the National Association of Counties.
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On October 30, all 41 farm bill conferees met for the first time to begin the process of settling differences between the Senate and House farm bills (S. 954 and H.R. 2642). Click here to read the CRRD letter to Farm Bill conferees as they enter negotiations.