According to recent comments by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) while speaking to the American Association of Crop Insurers... Budgetary considerations may push Congress to rewrite the 2008 Farm Bill and include it as part of the Reconciliation Bill. Reconciliation involves the process of resolving the budgetary differences between the House and Senate on federal spending based on what each of the respective Budget Committees set forth for federal spending.
Based upon what he is hearing in terms of efforts to reduce federal expenditures, Chairman Peterson plans to hold Farm Bill hearings this spring and summer and start to write the next Farm Bill early in 2011.
At a DPAC meeting for farmers in Lebanon, PA on Feb. 18, House Ag Committee vice-chair Tim Holden (D-PA) said the first national Farm Bill hearing will be at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg sometime in April. DPAC is preparing testimony.