The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to avert the furlough of USDA meat inspectors and the sporadic closure of meat processing plants. Now it's up to the House.
While Congress did manage to pass a nine-month farm bill extension, no one is particularly happy with it.
The Agriculture Committees of both chambers have agreed to a one-year farm bill extension, but House leadership is reluctant to bring it to floor.
A downward trend in milk consumption and the specter of a lapsed farm bill have the dairy industry worried.
With the election, Sandy and the fiscal cliff getting so much attention, it's easy to forget about the farm bill.
Congress probably won't pass a new farm bill before the current one expires in September, but they won't renew the current one either. What gives?
The biggest difference between the House- and Senate-proposed farm bills is in their handling of food stamps.
Following weeks of heated debate, the farm bill is expected to go up for a vote in the Senate this week.