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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and NJFB are sponsoring a conference to explain the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules on October 22. The meeting, to be held at the Rutgers EcoComplex, will include speakers from the US Food and Drug Administration, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and others. Pre-registration is recommended.

For meeting details and an agenda, click here.

House leaders on Tuesday said they were working with their Senate counterparts toward a new five-year farm bill, just days after the House pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program.

But with only a few days left before the current farm bill expires at the end of the fiscal year, and with a fight over the debt ceiling looming, few lawmakers see any chance of getting a new farm bill done.

Click here to read the rest from the New York Times.

As mentioned in the 9-20-13 edition of This Week in Farm Bureau, the federal Affordable Care Act requires that all employers provide their employees with an “Exchange Notice” by October 1, 2013. AFBF has developed a fact sheet for farm employers that provides guidance on how to comply with this new and ongoing requirement. The fact sheet is accompanied by sample forms that farm employers can use.

To find links to these documents, visit our Information for Farmers page, under the Healthcare heading.

Aides to House Republican leaders said Wednesday that they are still considering how to proceed with legislation establishing federal farm and food aid policy after news reports suggested that top leadership had settled on a strategy.

The current farm bill expires Sept. 30 and federal policy on food aid and farming would revert back to a 1940s-era law in January if Congress fails to act.

Click here to read the full story from the Washington Post