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Farm Bill Languishes in the Senate


The Senate has not yet determined the composition of the conference committee to consider the 2018 Farm Bill which expires in September.  The existing Farm Act will have to be extended by special resolution.  The House is in adjournment for the summer recess but has appointed the members who will meet to reconcile the two bills.


There will be delays in finalizing the Senate version of the Bill.  Contentious items include a waiver on some regulations relating to service hours for truckers conveying agricultural products and photo identification for SNAP recipients when making food purchases. 


Previously the SNAP amendment to require recipients to either seek or be in employment failed as anticipated.  The House version contains a work requirement.