After the Super Committee's failed process last fall, Congress faces a new critical deadline: they must take action on the current farm bill before its expiration on September 30, 2012 or risk reverting to the 1949 farm law - the fallback law for the farm bill.
This means Congress must do one of the following things: pass a stand-alone farm bill, attach a farm bill proposal to another bill, or pass a short or long-term extension of the current law. Obviously, "significant political, budget, and committee factors will influence that choice as well as the timing of the farm bill process this year," according to an excellent discussion article posted by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Read More: Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Major Factors Influencing the Debate at National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
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