The House passed a continuing resolution for government funding Friday – meaning the appropriations bills – including one for agriculture and related agencies – will be discarded along with riders some groups had objected. Most ag programs – such as food stamps – will remain at the same levels through March 27th of next year. The CR will prevent new enrollments in various conservation programs – such as the Conservation Stewardship Program – in Fiscal year 2013 – according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
NSAC Lobbyist Ferd Hoefner says the CR is a huge setback to conservation and to the farm bill baseline – which also decreases the chances for getting a farm bill done. The Senate is expected to take up the CR by Thursday and President Obama is expected to sign it – as the White House was part of the CR negotiations.
Source: NAFB News Service