In addition to the FMD program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) will be impacted. Now that the farm bill has expired, no new signups will be allowed for either program. With about 6.5 million acres planned to rotate out of the CRP this year, this could be a challenge for some. In addition, there cannot be sign up for the Wetlands Reserve Program or the Grasslands Reserve Program.
“Both versions of the new Farm Bill contain funding for the disasters facing the livestock industry due to the drought. However, programs are currently only available for lack of forage, as well as death of animals,” the organizations explained.
“Numerous other programs, including energy, agricultural research, rural development and funding for new and beginning farmers could be added to this list of affected programs. The bottom line is that while expiration of the Farm Bill causes little or no pain to some, others face significant challenges.”
This is the not the first time a farm bill has been allowed to expire. “This would be only the second time since 1973 the farm bill has been allowed to expire. In 2007, when the bill expired for 67 days, the rural community did not collapse, nor were farm-state lawmakers and lobbyists particularly concerned,” said Heritage for America.
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