With the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction unable to meet a resolution, discussions on the next farm bill have shifted to a longer timeline than was initially predicted. This process will include more public hearings, both in Washington and across the nation. Explains The Hill:
“Unless a deal to avoid across-the-board cuts triggered by the supercommittee is forged, the five-year farm bill will be crafted in traditional manner, farm lobbyists said this week.
This would involve field and Washington-based hearings with the goal of wrapping up the 2012 farm bill by Memorial Day.”