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Action Timeline in Congress
The current Farm Bill (2008-2012) expired on Sept. 30, 2012.
But after a few months of uncertainty, House and Senate leaders worked out a simple extension of the old farm bill until Sept. 30th of this year.
The current timeline for the Farm Bill is as follows:
Mid-May -- Agriculture committees in both the Senate and House complete their versions of the Farm Bill.
Late May -- The full Senate takes up the Farm Bill; amendments are submitted, debated and voted on.
Early June -- The full Senate makes a final vote on their version of the Farm Bill.
Mid to late June -- The full House takes up the Farm Bill.
July -- The House makes a final vote on their version of the Farm Bill.
August -- The respective bills go into conference committee to resolve differences in programs and budgert numbers.
September -- After Congress returns from their August recesss (after Labor Day), the Senate and House vote on the revised bill and authorize a new Farm Bill.
By Sept. 30, 2013 -- President Obama signs a new five-year Farm Bill into law.