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Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

Snow covers a fallow field

Photo: Karol Olson (flickr)

Farm bill negotiators have run out of time to strike a deal in 2013.

Snow Day

This time, blame Old Man Winter.

Farm bill negotiators said they would not reach a deal before the end of the week when the U.S. House adjourns for the last time in 2013.

Stormy weather in the U.S. capital stranded a key employee from the Congressional Budget Office, leaving lawmakers without cost estimates they needed to work on a compromise.

The country’s previous farm legislation expired in September amid an ongoing fight over the future of SNAP benefits and crop insurance.

Negotiators said they were close to a deal and expected a vote in early January.

Spilled Milk?

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow told reporters on Tuesday that milk prices would not soar in January as a result of the delay.

Without a current farm bill, dairy policy reverts to legislation passed in 1949, a move that could double the cost of milk.

But Stabenow said the increase would not take effect next month.

Read More:

  • Top Negotiators Say U.S. Farm Bill Delayed To January (Reuters)
  • Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014 (NPR)
  • No Farm Bill In 2013 (Politico)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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