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Extensions To New Farm Bill

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With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill last week, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a bi-partisan and deficit-reducing farm bill before the end of the year that keeps the nutrition title with the farm bill, maintains permanent law, provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers against uncontrollable market factors and weather disasters, and keeps a strong conservation title. The U.S. Senate passed its farm bill in June, but work on the legislation stopped in mid-July after the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a nutrition title. Scott VanderWal, President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, talked about the recent efforts from the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union.