It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.
The farm bill expired at the end of September which means funding for conservation programs has dried up too, but that’s not true for not all conservation programs.
The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?
The USDA"s Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging Iowa farmers to sign up for conservation programs for next year but as of now those programs have no funding.
A recent federal tax court ruling might affect the amount of farmland in Southeast Iowa that’s put into conservation programs.