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By Craig Regelbrugge, Joe Bischoff, American Nursery & Landscape Association

The 2012 Farm Bill continues to languish at the collective feet of the U.S. House of Representatives leadership. The Senate version passed the full Senate (64-35) with broad bipartisan support and contained over $23 billion in savings. The House version of the bill made it through the Agriculture Committee with broad bipartisan support (35-11), as well, and about $35 billion in savings. All seemed to be going well and in collegial fashion, which in this atmosphere of highly partisan politics is rarely seen. Then, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) signaled no interest in bringing the bill to the floor for debate and a vote, a necessary step to negotiating and approving a final Farm Bill package. With barely 15 days of Congressional business on the calendar before the November elections, the window for Congress to pass a 2012 Farm Bill before the current bill expires on September 30th is closing fast.

Michigan’s nursery and landscape industries have benefited through the current Farm Bill through research funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To date this funding totals $290,000.

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