As the debate about the future of the 2013 Farm Bill continues, an Ohio State University farm policy expert has issued a summary that provides a detailed overview of the debate and examines the farm bill situation from a political, process and content perspective.
The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the Farm Bill July 11 that does not include the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for the first time since the 1970s, according to Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill, passed June 10, included the food assistance program. The Obama Administration had said it supported the Senate version of the bill but indicated that it would veto the House bill.
To help growers, producers and other interested parties understand the current status of the farm bill debate, Zulauf has co-authored the 2013 Farm Bill Update with Gary Schnitkey, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The analysis offers:
- A history of the debate since the 2008 farm bill expired September 30, 2012
- An overview of some political considerations
- An overview of the process
- Differences in the bills
- Summary observations including a look at four potential farm bill outcomes.