The Big Picture: Congress is out of session for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the Super Committee’s deadline of November 23 (Wednesday) is weighing on the minds of everyone watching events in Washington. Latest indications are that the Super Committee is struggling to come up with a legislative package that can garner support from a majority of the 12 members. If the Super Committee does not succeed, what is Plan B? Click here for some options and their effects on Farm Bill 2012.
Farm Bill 2012, the Agriculture Committees have reportedly submitted recommendations
to the Super Committee, but rumors are that the Congressional Budget Office is
still scoring the proposal to determine what level of savings the legislation
produces. The Environmental Working
Group posted a document late last week that reportedly shows what is currently
on the table. Click here for that link.
News of the Super Committee’s success or defeat
Keep an eye out for:
Announcements of funding availability from USDA for various programs in the next month since the annual appropriations bill providing funding for the Department for fiscal year 2012 was signed into law on Friday, November 18. Click here for the full text of the law.
For an overview of US farm programs up to this point, a report and presentation were posted recently by a new organization working on issues related to agricultural and food policy, AGree, click here.