Many provisions of the current omnibus farm bill, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, expire in 2007. Without new legislation, notably in the area of farm commodity and income support programs, permanent statutes will take effect. Most of these statutes were enacted decades ago and are no longer compatible with current national economic objectives, global trading rules, and federal budgetary or regulatory policies. Many groups, including both traditional and non-agricultural interests, have submitted recommendations for the 2007 farm bill. These proposals from national farm groups, national commodity associations, conservation and rural development groups, and other organizations could expand the scope of the fam bill, which would allow other constituencies to benefit from farm programs beyond the traditional base.
Farm Bill Proposals and Legislative Action in the 110th Congress
Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service
March 22, 2007
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