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Will congress pass a farm bill in time?

Passing a farm bill by deadline becomes less likely as Congress wrangles over nutrition and other issues.

Time is running out for Congress to pass a farm bill before the current law expires in late September.

Several issues continue to thwart efforts at compromise, not the least of whcih is the nutrition title, left out of the bill recently passed by the house and requiring much lower cuts in the Senate version than House members want.

Other issues also cloud the issue, including the seafood inspection program.

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The 2008 farm bill ordered that the USDA take over seafood inspections from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Proponents of the move, including U.S. catfish producers and food safety advocates, wanted the USDA to inspect seafood as it already does beef and pork.

David Bennett, Delta Farm Press Editorial Staff, offers details on the dilemma in a recent post.

To find out more about obstacles to passing a farm bill before current law expires, check this link.


Also of Interest:

Optimism misplaced with current Congress

Extremes make farm bill tough sell in House

Farm organizations praise Senate farm bill

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