It is easy to conflate the government shutdown with the lack of passage of the Farm Bill. However, while the expiration of the Farm Bill and government shutdown occurred on the same date (October 1), they are, in fact, two separate albeit related issues. Lets go through the status of each:
There is not much more to say other than it continues. As of this writing, the Senate is hammering out a potential deal to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling. The government shutdown continues to delay direct payments and other programs, as discussed previously.
The Farm Bill actually expired two years ago and, until October 1, a continuing resolution was in place. As of today, the House has named its conferees, in response to the Senate’s naming of conferees. There is some speculation that the Farm Bill could be part of a larger package to reopen the government. One of the few areas of agreement between the Senate-passed bill and House-passed bill is the reduction of crop insurance subsidies for high-income earners. Otherwise, for a complete run-down of the Farm Bill status, click here.