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Farm Bill Progress


Farmers say passing the Bill without the nutritional part in it, is a step in the right direction.

Congress has debated the Farm Bill for more than a year and they’re running out of time.

"They couldn't come to an agreement on the cuts that should be applied to that provision and the disagreement over that is what caused them to vote down a farm bill a few weeks ago. So this is a way to try and get something for agriculture because the current bill will expire," says Executive Director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Randy Griggs.

The current legislation is set to expire October 1st and farmers say they deserve a reasonable Bill.

"If the production of food and fiber for national security is not worth a decent farm bill then just do away with it, see the repercussions, see what happens. If everybody likes what happens fine. If they starve to death then it would be their own fault, nobody else's," says farmer Ed White.

Farmers say they are glad the Bill is finally going to the next step, although it doesn't have the nutritional part in it but they say, that might not be a bad thing.

"Let the nutrition stand on its on and let the farming stand on its own. It may not be the ideal situation but it may be something that's necessary at this particular time," says White.

The Bill that's in place now is just an extension of a previous bills and officials say another extension is possible if the House and Senate still can not agree on the terms.

"The part they did pass will go to conference with the senate, now the senate like i said had passed a bill that had nutrition in it and exactly what approach they take with that we don't know at this time," says Griggs.

The House will have to go back and pass a nutrition title at some point but when is yet to be determined.


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