(1/5/13-Tony Hart) The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says recent fiscal cliff negotiations were a lost opportunity for true farm policy reform.
Yet the extension of the 2008 farm bill will give Wisconsin farm families the certainty they need for the 2013 growing season. WFBF President Jim Holte said, "We are disappointed that Congress did not agree on a new five-year farm bill that would have provided true reform to federal crop and dairy programs, and enhanced risk management tools."
The extension of the farm bills lasts through September 30th of this year. The Bureau's President says passage of a new farm bill needs to be a priority of Congress in 2013, but in the meantime, farmers will be working under the familiar parameters of existing programs.