Varilek holds Farm Bill discussion with local farmers
This weekend the Federal Farm Bill expired without a resolution. Congressional candidate Matt Varilek held a discussion with South Dakota farmers Tuesday to find out the effects the end of the bill is having on them.
This years drought really reminding farmers of the important role the Farm Bill plays on their farming operations. Farmers at Tuesday's round-table discussion said in the past, the farm bill has served as a safety net for those uncontrollable factors nature brings.
"You had some assurance that should some things fail that you had no control of, that the rest of the country was behind you and cared enough to help you so that you could keep producing food," said long-time farmer Edward Artz.
Representative Kristi Noem's web site has a statement explaining that even though the farm bill expired on September 30th, many programs will continue as normal.
Farmers will still receive insurance and conservation reserve Project (CRP) land payments. However, some programs like the milk income loss program did end with the expiration of the farm bill.
Congress plans to address the Farm Bill after the November elections. Varilek stressed his fear that Congress would not be able to pass a new Farm Bill during the lame duck session.
Tuesday's discussion also revealed the fear that farmers would not feel confident to invest in seed in fertilizer in the spring without a Farm Bill in place.
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