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CBO score of extension makes NSAC happier

The Congressional Budget Office has released its score for an extension of the 2008 farm bill until September 30, 2013, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has issued a revised statement of its views on the bill.

The NSAC said the score “shows 2013 funding being provided for many of the programs that received mandatory funding in the 2008 farm bill and that received mandatory funding in the Senate-passed and House Committee-passed versions of the now defunct 2012 farm bills.”

“While we question the way the bill was drafted, we are delighted it provides 2013 funding for beginning farmers, rural development, minority farmer outreach, specialty crop and organic research, direct farmer to consumer markets, and a variety of other programs,” said NSAC policy director Ferd Hoefner in a statement.

“We are still awaiting word as to whether the bill would also allow USDA to resume sign-ups and sign contracts with farmers for the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Conservation Reserve Program-Transition Incentive Program,” Hoefner said. “In our view, those are critical pieces that need to be included in a farm bill extension measure.”