Farm Bill Passes in House of Representatives

by Courtney Wheaton on July 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2013 Farm Bill this week.

People who are familiar with it will notice major changes in its structure. This is the first time since 1973 that the Food Stamps Programs will not be a part of the bill.

"The urban legislators and the rural legislators worked together and said okay we will give you this for nutrition and well give you that for the farmers, now that we separated it there’s no cooperation that’s necessary. So I think it going to hurt both," said County Executive Director, William Huston.

The Food Stamps Program was 80 percent of the bill’s original cost. Huston says another change that people will see is the replacement of the 1949 Permanent law with this bill.

" The 1949 Permanent Law was parity pricing, so technically what that means is that if we have to use that law we have to adjust the price of food and grain, dairy so it’s making the same amount with inflation as it did in 1949, " said Huston.

He says that this could mean rises in cost for grain, dairy, and food for consumers. Huston says that he doesn’t believe that bill will pass in the Senate.