There has been little news, formal or informal, on the farm bill since the August recess began last week. Most Members are back in their districts meeting with constituents, including farmers and consumers concerned about the legislation.
In a sign of issues still to be resolved, House Democrats wrote Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday, stressing the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, and asserting that the final farm bill or any other SNAP legislation ‘must be crafted to ensure that we do not increase hunger in America.’
Farm groups are encouraging their members to be in contact with their Members of Congress directly to encourage a resolution to the farm bill saga by the time the current extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires on September 30.
Wheat growers can take to the Internet to voice their opinions. A group of South Dakota-based farm and food organizations have started a ‘Back the Farm Bill’ campaign to encourage outreach to Congress urging completion of new farm policy. The effort has a Facebook page that has garnered more than 1,000 likes, accessible here.