HOUSE VOTES TO SUSPEND 10-ACRE RULE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6849 Wednesday by voice vote, suspending for two years language in the 2008 farm bill that makes farmers with 10 base acres or less ineligible for farm program payments.
The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supported passage of this bill and appreciates the help of state Farm Bureaus in contacting their representatives Wednesday, which played a key role in passage of this bill during a very hectic week for Congress. AFBF is optimistic the measure will be passed by the Senate and signed by President Bush.
The bill was prompted by concerns that the Agriculture Department's interpretation of the 10-acre provision would exclude some small farmers from receiving much-needed support.
The bill also extends the registration deadline from Sept. 30 to Nov. 14 (or 45 days after enactment) to give small farmers more time to apply for the program.