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Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Snow covers a fallow field

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)

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