Sen. Durbin calls on house to pass farm bill

By WEEK Producer

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the midst of one of the most severe droughts in decades, the House has yet to call the federal farm bill for a vote.

Sen. Dick Durbin says he has been told representatives believe they cannot pass the farm bill.

The five year plan expires Sept. 30th.

Durbin says never before in modern times has a farm bill been so blocked.

He says farmers need this help now and that they cannot wait until after November's election.

"We can provide low interest loans for farmers to help them get through the tough time. We can say to those raising livestock, you can graze them on CRP land, as we call it. That will help out some," said Durbin.

"One of the things we can do that will really help is pass this farm bill. It passed the senate with a bi-partisan vote, the house, I hope will take it up before they leave."

This week, the Agriculture Department said that 55 percent of the nation's pasture and range land was now in poor to very poor condition.