Bushman warned that not passing a Farm Bill before the current bill expires at month's end could eliminate permanent government funding for the Conservation Reserve Program and others.
"If they keep delaying, a lot of these programs will expire at the end of September. Then, they may never get the appropriations back to fund those programs, such as conservation programs," Bushman said.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) subsidizes farmers to not work land that is considered environmentally sensitive. Other federally funded programs help beginning farmers and ranchers, and assist landowners in balancing agriculture practices with protecting water quality and wildlife habitat.
After a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss his group's concerns with lawmakers, Bushman said it does not appear likely that a Farm Bill will be passed any time soon.
"Hopefully, we can get something done, but we don't know where it's going to be. Talking with members in Congress back there, they don't know where it's going to be, either," he said."
The Utah Farmers Union and its counterparts nationwide will continue to urge Congress to pass a new Farm Bill as soon as possible, Bushman added.
A summary of conservation program funding for Utah is available at http://farm.ewg.org.