The online survey asked readers “What is the key obstacle to passing the 2012 Farm Bill.”

Eighty percent of those who voted said, “A lack of political willpower by all parties to make tough decisions.” Another 15 percent attributed it to a “reluctance to cut supplemental food stamp programs.”

Just over 1 percent pointed to a “reluctance to cut crop insurance and conservation programs.”

The Farm Bill for 2012 has been held up in the House of Representatives, in spite of one of the hardest droughts in years in much of the country. A Senate version of the bill passed earlier this summer.


A new poll tackles a related issue on federal legislation related to the drought. The question: What do you think of the Obama administration’s plan to spend $170 million on meat commodities to help drought-affected producers?