The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Policy Journal" by Roger Bernard. You can find the article in the November 2010 issue.
Thirty-seven provisions in the 2008 farm bill received mandatory budget authority but are not assumed to receive such funding in the budget baseline beyond the end of the farm bill. This issue concerns some observers because a new farm bill would not have funding in the baseline budget to continue these programs. If policymakers want to continue these programs, they will need to pay for the programs with offsets from other sources.
The amount of mandatory funds that might be needed to extend these 37 programs is estimated here to be about $9 billion or $10 billion over a five-year period, depending on the approach to estimate costs. Either estimate is about 4% of the $283 billion five-year total cost of the 2008 farm bill, or 11% of the approximately $100 billion five-year cost if the nutrition title is excluded.7 It would cost even more to try to extend them for a longer time so that they could have baseline beyond the next farm bill.
The 37 programs: