Vilsack on expiration of 2008 Farm Bill programs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the expiration of authority for 2008 Farm Bill Programs on Sept. 30.
Many programs and policies of the United States Department of Agriculture were authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 - aka the 2008 Farm Bill. A number of critical programs that impact millions of Americans include programs for farm commodity and price support, conservation, research, nutrition, food safety and agricultural trade.
"As of Oct. 1, USDA's authority or funding to deliver many of these programs has expired, leaving USDA with far fewer tools to help strengthen American agriculture and grow a rural economy that supports one in 12 American jobs," Vilsack said, adding, "Authority and funding for additional programs is set to expire in the coming months."
According to Vilsack, without action by the House of Representatives on a multi-year Food, Farm and Jobs bill, rural communities are today being asked to shoulder additional burdens and additional uncertainty in a tough time.
"As we continue to urge Congress to give USDA more tools to grow the rural economy, USDA will work hard to keep producers and farm families informed regarding those programs which are no longer available to them," he concluded.