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NM Farmers: We'd Be Thankful with a New Farm Bill

PHOTO: New Mexico's agricultural community would probably be a lot more thankful this holiday season if Congress would pass a new Farm Bill. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.
PHOTO: New Mexico's agricultural community would probably be a lot more thankful this holiday season if Congress would pass a new Farm Bill. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.
November 29, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's agricultural community would probably be a lot more thankful this holiday season if Congress would pass a new Farm Bill. Matt Rush, executive director, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, said farmers throughout the state are feeling a great sense of uncertainty. No Farm Bill means crop insurance and other government programs are in jeopardy, causing economic doubts for farmers, he said, and also for banks that lend them money.

"The financial institutions are put in the same boat. They're not willing to take that risk and put their necks out there without the insurances and assurances that the Farm Bill provides. It's a tough situation we're in right now," Rush said.

A major cause of congressional delay on this issue is the battle over cutting billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps. The Senate has approved $4 billion in SNAP cuts, while the House approved trimming $40 billion from the program. The two sides have been trying to work out a compromise number.

Rush said he doubts that a Farm Bill will be passed anytime soon.

"We all know how little happens in D.C., especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas," he said. "I am not optimistic that we will get passage this year, and I think that they will kick the can down the road another year, and we'll be dealing with it again next year."

Rush said livestock, dairy and crop production make up the biggest sectors of New Mexico's farm economy.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM