Farm Bill

September 19, 2013
Washington, DC

House and Senate negotiators are set to reconcile differences, now that the House has approved its version of nutrition assistance, separate from its July passage of the 2013 Farm Bill.  The Senate's Farm Bill contains both farm programs and nutrition assistance.  The House vote on September 19 paved the way for selecting the conferees to negotiate the House version in meetings with Senators.  However, the separation of farm and nutrition in the House version, as well as work requirements for nutrition assistance that lower spending levels are stark differences with the legislation from the Senate.   

For a new farm bill to become law, the same legislation must be agreed on by House and Senate before sending one final version to the president. The House Farm Bill includes changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan, GIPSA, interstate commerce rules, the poultry insurance plan, and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).