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Thu Feb 23 2012 Farm Bill Debate
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition reports on the major factors influencing the 2012 Farm Bill debate...
The political backdrop for everything that Congress does this year is the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections. This affects the farm bill process in two main ways. First, the legislative calendar will be shorter to accommodate Congressional campaign schedules. That leaves less time for hearings, committee meetings, and floor debates and votes. Given the condensed Congressional schedule, the majority of the work on the 2012 Farm Bill, though not necessarily final votes, would have to be finished by summer for a new bill to be enacted in 2012. Four Senate Agriculture Committee hearings have been scheduled to discuss Farm Bill issues. To learn more, read here.