November 16, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. House has approved a spending bill that includes an extension for the 2018 Farm Bill.
The five-year bill expired in September, and lawmakers are currently working on the next measure, which they hope to have done by the end of the year.
As it stands, crop insurance programs will continue because they are authorized by permanent law with mandatory funding.
The supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps will also continue unabated.
South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson said, “the Farm Bill we’re operating under is pretty good and needs a few updates, particularly for reference prices, because we’re in a much higher cost environment for producers than we were five years ago, but extending the Farm Bill for a year is going to give producers some predictability they need right now.”