USDA Chief Urges Action on Farm Bill as Drought Persists

Posted July 27, 2012
 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed Monday for Congress to act on a farm bill that would reinstate expired disaster assistance programs for farmers experiencing the worst drought in nearly seven decades.  Programs authorized in the 2008 farm bill have expired and won’t be renewed unless the House approves a bill passed by the Senate. Vilsack pushed the House to consider the bill, which has passed out of its agriculture committee, before its August vacation.  Read more. 

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