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The clock is ticking toward expiration of the provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 farm bill), which will occur on September 30, 2012. The legislative process to enact a new farm bill is underway, but it is not clear if that process will be completed by the time the existing farm bill expires. Stephanie Mercier, former chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, has prepared this brief update which contains background on the budget process, details about the Senate and House versions of the bill, and prospects for completing the 2012 farm bill.

Farm Bill Background Brief by Stephanie Mercier

Posted June 26th, 2012