Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM
It was just another manic Monday on the House and Senate floors, and today the aftermath is evident as government offices lock up. And the Farm Bill also expired at midnight Monday, leaving Ohio farmers in the lurch. From member station WYSO, Lewis Wallace reports
Remember the Farm Bill?--the omnibus law that funds food stamps, crop insurance, and a slew of farm subsidies?
At midnight Monday, a nine-month extension of that bill expired, which means for the moment the law reverts to its 1949 version.
MacKenzie Bailey with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association says the ongoing insecurity over the bill makes life harder for organic farmers. "Farmers rely on programs like farmers market promotion programs that help put investments in our local farmers markets, the national organic cost share program, which helps alleviate the costs of organic certification."
This expiration won’t immediately affect food assistance or crop insurance. But a safety net program for dairy farmers, and international food aid in the bill will be suspended.
And don’t bother checking the USDA’s website for updates; that’s closed, too, due to the government shutdown.