Unlike many farm bills which eventually receive support from both the Congress and the administration, the 2008 Farm Bill was enacted over the veto of the President. Because of that situation, it is not surprising to see an ongoing struggle between the administration and the advocates of various programs in the Farm Bill, especially when it comes to the writing of the implementing regulations.
Three of the most notable examples include the
Congress has made a fix on at least the 10-acre rule and continues to loudly advocate originally intended interpretation on the others.
Daryll Ray, director of the
"But this farm bill go-around has given me more classroom examples of legislating from the executive bench via USDA rules and regs--that specifically conflict with Farm Bill originators--than I can recall during any of my preceding 36 years in the classroom," Ray says.