“We just really want certainty.”

Texas Retailers Association President Ronnie Volkening says the failure of the Farm Bill to pass through the U.S. House of Representatives last week leaves a lot of people and businesses wondering about the future.

That federal legislation could be headed for more negotiations.  The extended Farm Bill expires September 30th.

Members of Volkening’s association are worried about the food stamp program, which was facing major cuts.

“I think both the Senate and the House are looking at some reductions in what they want to appropriate for the food stamp program,” Volkening says, “and that reflects an overall mood in the country about spending in general.”

He says retailers have worked very hard on the food stamp program to make it better.  “(They’ve been) improving the efficiency, moving to electronic benefits transfers,” he says, “and there's less fraud.”