Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) released the following statement today in reaction to the 2008 Farm Bill expiring on September 30, 2012.
"I'm very disappointed that the Farm Bill is expiring without a new five-year Farm Bill in place. Our farmers keep America fed and clothed while risking the uncertainties of weather, droughts, and rising input costs. Now, they will also have to deal with uncertain policy when they make their planting decisions for next season. I'll continue to push for long-term policy to give our farmers and ranchers a measure of predictability in a risky industry."
The House Agriculture Committee passed a Farm Bill extension with bipartisan support. H.R. 6082, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs, cuts billions of dollars of discretionary spending authority, and saves $35 billion in mandatory funding. It includes a market-based, group crop insurance program proposed by Congressman Neugebauer.