“So that leaves the possibility of a one-year or multi-year extension of some version of the previous farm bill. That’s something that we will have to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks.”
The 2008 Farm Bill extension expires in September.
Some policy actors have said that the farm provisions should be in a separate bill with the SNAP program in its own bill.
“I raise caution against separating the bill because as it stands, it makes the connection between farming and the consumption of food,” Zulauf said. “Also, if you remove nutrition programs from the farm bill, will there be enough interest from legislators who don’t have farming interests in their communities to get a farm bill passed?
“Separation of the bill could lessen broad-based support to get a farm safety net passed.”