This month, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has been drawing attention to a set of programs that run out of funding at the end of this fiscal year, and that will cease to fund new projects and applicants if no new funding is provided. These “tiny but mighty” programs are some of the most innovative, far-reaching programs in the federal farm bill, and include technical and financial assistance for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, local and regional food system development, healthy food access, rural development, agricultural research, organic farming, and more. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is urging Congress to fund these programs as part of a full farm bill reauthorization, or, if a temporary extension of the current farm bill is necessary, as part of that extension.
Recently, however, increased attention has been given by some in Congress to simply allow the current farm bill to expire without bothering to pass a short-term farm bill extension. This discussion is happening because at this point, it does not appear that negotiations between the House and Senate on a new farm bill will reach a conclusion before the end of the month when the current farm bill expires.
Source: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, September 14, 2018