American farmers and ranchers are one step closer to having a new, full, five-year farm bill. Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives sent its version of the farm bill, which does not include the nutrition title, to the U.S. Senate.
The move means both chambers may now move forward into conference to try and iron out a final farm bill to send to the president for his approval or veto before the current bill extension expires Sept. 30.
The Senate-approved farm bill includes authorization for farm, conservation and nutrition programs while the House-approved bill does not include the nutrition title and repeals both 1949 and 1938 permanent agricultural laws. The Senate bill does not repeal permanent law.
Now that the House bill has been sent to the Senate, both chambers are expected to move forward with picking members to serve on the conference committee for the legislation.