The U.S. House of Representatives passed it's version of the Farm Bill yesterday, January 29, on a vote of 251 to 166. Pundits on the right and left have decried the bill, either for spending too much in subsidies, or for directing too much money from the poor to the rich, but Montana farmer representatives seem to be happy with the final product.
On October 30, the U.S. Congress will head back to the drawing board and attempt to pass an omnibus Farm Bill. According to representatives from the Montana Farmer's Union, ranchers and farmers have a lot at stake in the decisions being made in Washington.
A lot of people are complaining about the onrushing fiscal cliff, but the situation is even worse for farmers who face the same economic difficulties with the addition of more uncertainties because the Farm Bill has not been passed.