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The Farm bill expired—what does this mean for consumers?

farm fields in Vermilion County

farm fields in Vermilion County Reginald Hardwick/IPM News

The last weekend in September had two important deadlines in Congress, the first was to renew the federal budget to avert a Government shutdown, which succeeded nearly at the last hour. The second deadline passed, which was to renew the farm bill, which funds food, farms, and the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps). We discuss the consequences of what happens now and what will need to be done in Congress to renew the Farm Bill.


Jonathan Coppess
Associate Professor in Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Director, Gardner Agriculture Policy Program

Steve Bridge
Agri-Business Director, WFMB-AM-FM in Springfield

Adam Nielsen
Director of National Legislation and Policy Development, Illinois Farm Bureau