The farm bill deals with the array of grant, insurance and loan programs that help farming communities in New York and around the country. An even larger part of the bill pays for food stamps and other government programs to help lower income families. This has become controversial in debate over the farm bill this year.
The current farm law expires at the end of this month. Lawmakers in farm states, including Congressman Bill Owens of New York, are calling for House action on the bill. The Hill newspaper reports Friday morning that a bipartisan group of lawmakers has emerged since Boehner’s announcement yesterday – and are launching an eleventh-hour effort to get the bill passed.